Call for calm­ing


Weekend Courier - - Front Page -

A SHOALWATER cou­ple who wit­nessed and re­sponded to the tragic fa­tal crash on Ar­ca­dia Drive last Satur­day are calling on the coun­cil for the ur­gent in­stal­la­tion of traf­fic calm­ing de­vices for that road.

Katie Hughes and her part­ner, Jack Barone, were sit­ting in their lounge room look­ing out to the ocean when it hap­pened.

“We heard a car come roar­ing along… then we heard this aw­ful noise,” she said. “My part­ner shouted, 'my god, he's hit some­one'.”

“We both ran down to­wards the crash while I was calling triple 000.

“We had to look for her and we were calling out when some­one stuck their head up from the bushes.

“They were al­ready do­ing CPR. I also tried CPR on her un­til the am­bu­lance ar­rived. “The po­lice got there first. “The driver of the car and his pas­sen­ger ap­peared un­in­jured.”

Ms Hughes said she used the road daily, along with many other res­i­dents.

“You al­ways see peo­ple walk­ing along there, by them­selves, with their dogs – it's a beau­ti­ful walk and I use it a lot,” she said.

“The main thing in com­mon is peo­ple do not feel safe walk­ing along there.

“It is a 50km/h zone and yet you al­ways see peo­ple speed­ing along there at 80-100km/h at times.

“Lots of peo­ple were out walk­ing at the time it hap­pened; it was still light.”

“That is why I have started a pe­ti­tion. In the wake of this, peo­ple may stand up and lis­ten.

“The lady was not from here and had been at a re­treat. She went for a walk be­cause she couldn't fo­cus.

“I am just so sorry and we both send our con­do­lences to her fam­ily.”

Ms Hughes started the pe­ti­tion on Sun­day and in less than 24 hours she had 282 sig­na­tures on it. On Wed­nes­day it had 682 sig­na­tures. She in­tends pre­sent­ing it to both the City of Rock­ing­ham and Premier Mark McGowan.

To view com­ments or sign the pe­ti­tion, visit and search ‘Ar­ca­dia’.

Katie Hughes and Jack Barone at the crash site on Mon­day.

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