The A64: man is victim No. 11
Fresh calls for action have been made following the11th death on the A64 in just over a year.
A 26-year-old man was killed just after 6pm on Monday after he was struck by a blue Ford Focus just outside Sherburn.
Police are appealing for witnesses and attention has once again been focused on the road, which has one of the highest serious accident rates in the north of England.
Cllr David Jeffels, who sits
on North Yorkshire County Council’s Transport Scrutiny Committee, said that planned works to the road can not come quick enough.
He said: “There has been too much tragedy on that stretch of road.
“It is a fast road and carries a huge volume of traffic throughout the day and night and we need safety measures in place.
“The committee has been pushing for bypasses at Rillington and Sherburn alongside other works to try and reduce the dreadful serious accident rate on the Malton to Seamer stretch.
“The A64 is top of the county council’s priority action list for improvement work to be carried out by the Highways Agency and this latest sad fatality will further step up the campaign. The matter will undoubtedly be raised at the forthcoming meeting of the Transport Scrutiny Committee.”
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward as soon as possible, including anyone who possibly recalls either the man or the blue Ford Focus prior to the collision.
If you can help, please call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2,
Hundreds of people have so far backed a Scarborough News campaign to press the Government to release the cash to make the road safe for all its users.
Earlier this year, a meeting of MPs, businesses and local authorities under the umbrel- la of the new A64 Partnership Group backed plans to dual the road between the Hopgrove roundabout in York and the Jinnah restaurant near the Barton le Willows junction.
Speaking at the meeting at Sand Hutton, Kevin Hollinrake, MP for Thirsk, Malton and Filey, said it was vital for safety and the future of investment that the work was carried out. He said: “There a vital economic and tourism reasons why the A64 needs inseeing vestment but there have also been tragic events.”
In June, Charles McLaughlin, 53, and Judith McLaughlin, 58, from Welburn, were killed on the A64.
It is believed they were crossing the road from north to south at a bus stop near the junction to Welburn when the collision occurred with a white Vauxhall Mokka that was travelling towards Scarborough.
Their deaths came just a month after another couple, Dave Tinker and Julie Gough, were killed in almost identical circumstances.
In July 2016 Paul Dockerty, 58, and his new wife Susan, 57, both from Leeds, died when the car they were travelling in after the wedding collided with a HGV on the A64.
Their guests Joy and Derek Green, who were aged 60 and 63 respectively and from Scarborough, also died following the crash.
‘It is a fast road and carries a huge volume of traffic throughout the day and night and we need safety measures in place’ Cllr David Jeffels