‘MAKE OUR STREET SAFE’

Southern Telegraph - - Front Page - Ai­den Boy­ham

A Shoal­wa­ter woman has launched a cam­paign to make Ar­ca­dia Drive safer in the wake of a 62-year-old woman dy­ing af­ter be­ing hit by a car on Satur­day.

Katie Hughes, who lives op­po­site Ar­ca­dia Drive and saw the hor­rific crash in which a car mounted the kerb and hit the vic­tim, has started a pe­ti­tion to make it a safer road for pedes­tri­ans.

Ms Hughes said the safety of the road needed to be as­sessed be­fore more lives were lost.

“As soon as you speak to any of the peo­ple that you’ll meet walk­ing along here, the peo­ple who use it day to day, they will tell you it’s a prob­lem,” she said.

“I live on this road, I work on this road — I spend a lot of my time us­ing it for cy­cling, walk­ing the dog, ac­cess­ing the beach, as do many other peo­ple and we have all no­ticed that there is a prob­lem with speed­ing cars, and hooning es­pe­cially.”

Ms Hughes said she had cam­paigned around the site of the crash and among busi­nesses, with about 400 peo­ple sign­ing the pe­ti­tion barely 24 hours af­ter it was started.

“Un­for­tu­nately, the long stretches of road and long sweep­ing bends at­tract a lot of speed­ing ve­hi­cles,” she said.

Nearby res­i­dents who rushed to the scene of the crash on Satur­day de­scribed hear­ing squeal­ing tyres and a bang.

The woman, who had been at a nearby St John of God re­li­gious re­treat, was walk­ing on Ar­ca­dia Drive about 5.30pm when she was struck.

A 27-year-old driver of a

white Holden States­man al­legedly lost con­trol of the ve­hi­cle, mounted the kerb and hit the woman, who was walk­ing in the op­po­site di­rec­tion. The driver was not in­jured in the crash and re­mained at the scene.

He was later in­ter­viewed by po­lice and re­leased with­out charge on Sun­day.

The Po­lice Ma­jor Crash unit is in­ves­ti­gat­ing and wit­nesses who saw the car be­fore the crash are urged to call Crimestop­pers on 1800 333 000.

For more on the pe­ti­tion, visit chn.ge/2GnESkz.

Pic­ture: Ai­den Boy­ham

Shoal­wa­ter res­i­dent Katie Hughes has started a pe­ti­tion to help make Ar­ca­dia Drive safer.

Pic­ture: Seven News

The car in Shoal­wa­ter on Satur­day.

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