Woman hit by car in call for road cross­ing

Evening Express (City Final) - - UK & Abroad - By Lee McCann

A WOMAN who was hit by a car on a North-east road has called for a pedes­trian cross­ing to be in­stalled.

Taryn Young was struck by a ve­hi­cle on Main Street, New­burgh, leav­ing her need­ing six sta­ples for a head wound.

The 33-year-old has called for a cross­ing to be put in place af­ter she was hit last Thurs­day morn­ing on the stretch be­side the Udny Arms and was rushed to hospi­tal.

She said: “I dropped my lit­tle one at her child­min­der and on the way to my flat across the road, to get my car to head to work, I was hit by a jeep.

“I had been watch­ing the cars to see when it was safe to cross.

“The 4x4 hit me and the next thing I knew I was on the pave­ment with in­juries and my head was bleed­ing

Taryn needed six sta­ples to a head wound. from where it had split from the im­pact.

“Doc­tors said I was ex­tremely lucky as, be­ing hit like I was, my in­juries should have been a lot worse. I was lucky enough to come away with six sta­ples in my head, road rash up the right side of my body and back, bruis­ing all over and some sprained lig­a­ments.”

Af­ter be­ing re­leased from hospi­tal on Fri­day night, Taryn is look­ing for a cross­ing to be in­stalled to save any­one else from be­ing hurt.

She added: “It could have quite as eas­ily been a child who was hit and the road is bad on Main Street. It is re­ally nar­row.

“I would like to see a cross­ing in­stalled, whether it is a ze­bra cross­ing or pelican cross­ing. I’d also like to see the speed limit low­ered in the area.”

Cllr Iso­bel David­son who rep­re­sents the ward said: “The call for a low­ered speed limit comes pri­mar­ily from another mem­ber of the com­mu­nity who has a pe­ti­tion ready to sub­mit to the coun­cil.

“There is a sig­nif­i­cant road safety is­sue in New­burgh as part of Main Street is nor­mally very con­gested.

“No off-road park­ing is avail­able in the vil­lage and a num­ber of res­i­dents have no park­ing fa­cil­i­ties at their prop­er­ties.

“Some time ago I asked the roads ser­vice to look at the pos­si­bil­ity of hav­ing cross­ings on Main Street and School Road and re­ceived a hold­ing re­ply. I have now asked for the need for sig­nalled cross­ings in New­burgh to be fully con­sid­ered.”

A spokes­woman for Aberdeen­shire Coun­cil said: “The El­lon Lo­cal Roads Team will carry out a road sur­vey af­ter the Oc­to­ber hol­i­days.

“This in­volves record­ing the num­ber of ve­hi­cles us­ing – and pedes­tri­ans cross­ing – the road.

This is then an­a­lysed and de­pend­ing upon the re­sults will point us in the di­rec­tion of what re­me­dial ac­tions are re­quired, if any.

“With the Balme­die to Tip­perty dual car­riage­way to open next year, this will dra­mat­i­cally change the routes driv­ers take into Aberdeen, and we ex­pect to see a re­duc­tion in traf­fic, es­pe­cially at peak times.”

I’d also like to see the speed limit low­ered in the area

ap­peal: Taryn Young is call­ing for a pedes­trian cross­ing in New­burgh.


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