Crash family’s plea for safe crossing

Julie Duggan, Gerry Coleman and Sarah Duggan's grandmother Brenda at the hospital where the 16-year-old Fleetwood girl is in a critical condition after being involved in a car accident.

Julie Duggan, Gerry Coleman and Sarah Duggan's grandmother Brenda at the hospital where the 16-year-old Fleetwood girl is in a critical condition after being involved in a car accident.

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The family of a teenager left fighting for her life when she was hit by a car is calling for a pedestrian crossing at the scene of the accident to prevent further tragedies.

Sarah Duggan, 16, is in a critical condition in hospital with a bleed on her brain after she collided with a Renault Scenic as she crossed Fleetwood Road, in Fleetwood, on Monday afternoon.

Sarah Duggan

Sarah Duggan

The Blackpool and The Fylde College student is believed to have accidently stepped out in to the path of the car as she walked to the shops.

Speaking from her daughter’s bedside at Royal Preston Hospital, Sarah’s mum, Julie Duggan, 42, said: “I have seen kids run out into the road around there.

“It’s dangerous.

“I think the council needs to put in a proper pedestrian crossing for the children to use as they just won’t wait for the traffic lights to change.

“The nearest crossing is through a ginnel behind the shops.”

The accident happened just yards from Sarah’s home on Brook Street, Fleetwood, near the spot where her brother Thomas was involved in a similar incident 10 years ago.

Her stepdad Gerry Coleman said: “This area has become a hot spot for accidents.

“There have been several accidents along there.

“And every time there’s an accident people say something should be done and then time passes and it’s forgotten.

“When Sarah’s better we might consider writing to our local councillor to see if he can do something about getting a crossing.” The family’s plea has been echoed by Coun Ivor Bould, a Park ward councillor for Fleetwood Town Council.

He said: “We are battling to get more crossings. I’ve always said it’s far better to be safe than sorry but it seems the only way to prevent something else from happening is when someone is hurt.”

Lancashire County Council will investigate whether more road safety measures are needed in that area.

Sim Lane-Dixon, highways manager for Wyre, said: “We’re always working to make our roads safe. I was very sorry to hear of this incident.

“We will consider the police report on the circumstances to evaluate whether there’s any action we could reasonably take to prevent similar incidents in future.”

Fleetwood Road is currently part of Operation Bramble, a police campaign to reduce the number of casualties on roads in Fleetwood, Cleveleys, Poulton and Garstang.

The operation started at the beginning of October and has seen motorists warned about their driving.

Click here to read how The Gazette first reported the story: GIRL, 15, FIGHTING FOR LIFE AFTER CRASH

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