Further call for crossing after girl hit by car in Oakham

Emergency services help a teenage girl who was hit by a car in Huntsmans Drive, Oakham. Photo: Patrick Connor EMN-150110-140503001
Emergency services help a teenage girl who was hit by a car in Huntsmans Drive, Oakham. Photo: Patrick Connor EMN-150110-140503001
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A school has renewed its calls for a pelican crossing on a busy road after a teenager was knocked down by a car this week.

The girl was crossing Huntsmans Drive near Catmose College in Oakham when she was struck by a silver Vauxhall at about 8.30am yesterday.

She was taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary by ambulance with injuries to her legs and scratches to her face. Her current condition is unknown.

The girl is not a pupil at Catmose, but principal Stuart Williams said the school had been calling for a pelican crossing to be installed in Hunstmans Drive for some time, and had offered to pay for it.

“We have staff out there on a rota but we can’t do that all the time,” said Mr Williams. “Unfortunately a motorist did make contact with a member of the public this time.

“We haven’t had a response from the council. We have offered to support the cost if that’s needed.

“My priority is to make sure we recognise it’s a busy road, and it’s only going to get busier with the new housing development opening up.”

Hunstmans Drive is in the middle of the school, two new housing developments and Rutland Care Village. Both the road and the pavement are in regular use.

“We cover road safety through our tutorial programme and through assemblies,” said Mr Williams. “Down at the primary in particular we do a lot of work on it. There is an awful lot of road safety information goes out.

“But teenagers will be distracted and it’s hard for them on a busy road, just as it is for everyone else.”

Patrick Connor was dropping his son off at school when he witnessed yesterday’s accident. He echoed Mr Williams’ concerns about the increase of traffic in the area and suggested adding give way signs for vehicles coming out of Hunstmans Drive, and right of way for those going to the school. He also called for a pedestrian crossing to be installed to reduce the risk of further accidents.

A Rutland County Council spokesman said the request for a pelican crossing in Huntsmans Drive was “currently included in the forward programme of capital schemes for assessment” and would go before the council’s cabinet in November.