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Pensioner knocked down on crossing
A PENSIONER says he is “lucky to be alive” after being hit by a car on a zebra crossing.
Michael Hartley, 69, was crossing Devizes Road near St Paul’s Roundabout in Salisbury when a Volvo driven by an American tourist failed to stop at the crossing and knocked him over.
The car ran over Mr Hartley’s foot and sent him flying back towards the pavement, causing injuries to his arm and hip.
He is now calling for more safety measures to be put in place including the lowering of the speed limit to 20mph at the lower end of Devizes Road.
“I have used that crossing thousands of times and there have been plenty of near-misses over the years,” he said.
“The trouble is cars come round the bend after the roundabout, see the straight road and start to accelerate. Often they don’t realise there is a crossing there until it’s too late.
“You get boy racers screaming down Devizes Road and they are going so fast they don’t stop at the crossing at all.”
Mr Hartley was run over last Tuesday afternoon and was taken to Salisbury District Hospital.
“If I’d started crossing that road just a second earlier the car would have hit me square on and I might not be here today,” he said.
“I’m lucky to be alive. My foot is still painful, but amazingly it wasn’t broken, just bruised and sore.”
Police were called to the scene but no charges are being brought against the motorist.
Mr Hartley says improvements need to be made to the crossing and he would like to see it moved further up Devizes Road.
“It’s in the wrong place, really.
If it was further up the road then people would have more time to see it.
“Also, there should be signs warning motorists they are approaching a crossing and should slow down, not speed up.”
Local councillor Richard Clewer said: “We did look at changing the kerbs a couple of years ago to make the road safer but it would have proved very expensive and difficult.
“Since then a few people have suggested moving the crossing further up the road but not lots. It would be a big, expensive project.
“I think that should national policy change so that 20mph speed limits are fully enforceable by the police, then the bottom of Devizes Road would be a very sensible place to have one.”
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