Call for calming
HOPES FATAL ACCIDENT WILL BE WAKE-UP CALL
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 https://www.change.org and search ‘Arcadia’.
Katie Hughes and Jack Barone at the crash site on Monday.