Family of child killed in accident bid to cut speed limit

PEOPLE POWER: Family, friends and local residents are campaigning to make Oxford Crescent in Didcot safer after Freddie Perry, aged 10, picture below, was knocked down and killed there

Family of child killed in accident bid to cut speed limit

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GRIEVING parents of a 10-year-old killed after a car accident outside a Didcot school, said their son sacrificed his life so it never happens again.

Freddie Perry, pictured, died after a collision involving a car driven by a teacher from his sister’s school on September 10 last year, near his home in Oxford Crescent.

His parents Judith and Lea Perry are now leading a campaign to try to make the road safer by putting in speed bumps and cutting the speed limit from 30mph to 20mph.

The couple, who are also parents to daughters Eloise, 11, and Rhiannon, 15, say they want to spare other families the pain of a similar loss.

Mr Perry said: “He was the child every parent dreamed to have. We don’t want anyone else to go through what we are going through. My son’s life was taken, our little boy, and we are left to deal with it.

“Something is going to happen on that road again if nothing is changed.

He added: “We see it that Freddie has given has life so nobody else has to suffer the in the same way we are going through.”

The couple said cars parked along the road, and parents who drop their children off at Didcot Girls’ School half way down the street, make it very dangerous.

A teacher from Didcot Girls’ School – which Freddie’s sister Eloise had recently joined – was driving a Nissan Micra involved in the incident in September.

Thames Valley Police spokeswoman Rhianne Pope confirmed that the teacher had been cleared of any blame and was thought to be going well below the 30mph speed limit.

Headteacher of Didcot Girls’ School Rachael Warwick said: “As a school, we would certainly welcome the introduction of a 20mph speed limit around the site, although we know this would not have prevented Freddie Perry’s tragic accident as the driver was travelling well below the speed limit.”

Last year, Freddie’s parents called for extra parking spaces to be built into the village green area to increase visibility, which they say was rejected by Oxfordshire County Council.

Mr Perry said: “We are absolutely livid; it is very hard to deal with that – something that was going to be a legacy to stop it happening again has been taken away.”

Council spokesman Martin Crabtree said: “The county council has been working with Mrs and Mr Perry, the local county councillor and local community to find a suitable safety solution on Oxford Crescent.

“We think that it should be possible to provide some safety measures. We are still looking at and discussing what would be the right solution.”

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12:14pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Bart_simpsonDoh says...

Headteacher of Didcot Girls’ School Rachael Warwick said: “As a school, we would certainly welcome the introduction of a 20mph speed limit around the site, although we know this would not have prevented Freddie Perry’s tragic accident as the driver was travelling well below the speed limit.”

So whats the point of wasting money on a lower speed limit???
Headteacher of Didcot Girls’ School Rachael Warwick said: “As a school, we would certainly welcome the introduction of a 20mph speed limit around the site, although we know this would not have prevented Freddie Perry’s tragic accident as the driver was travelling well below the speed limit.” So whats the point of wasting money on a lower speed limit??? Bart_simpsonDoh
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1:14pm Wed 5 Mar 14

icba1957 says...

Bart_simpsonDoh wrote:
Headteacher of Didcot Girls’ School Rachael Warwick said: “As a school, we would certainly welcome the introduction of a 20mph speed limit around the site, although we know this would not have prevented Freddie Perry’s tragic accident as the driver was travelling well below the speed limit.”

So whats the point of wasting money on a lower speed limit???
It's the usual knee-jerk reaction, I'm afraid. It seems the cause of this accident (incredibly sad as it is, and I certainly wouldn't want to have to go through it) was something other than speed, but the first thought is to cut the speed limit.
Perhaps we should all go back to using horse-drawn carriages.
That said, traffic on Wantage Road is only going to get worse once Great Western Park joins up at both ends unless we start to lose our reliance on the motor car.
[quote][p][bold]Bart_simpsonDoh[/bold] wrote: Headteacher of Didcot Girls’ School Rachael Warwick said: “As a school, we would certainly welcome the introduction of a 20mph speed limit around the site, although we know this would not have prevented Freddie Perry’s tragic accident as the driver was travelling well below the speed limit.” So whats the point of wasting money on a lower speed limit???[/p][/quote]It's the usual knee-jerk reaction, I'm afraid. It seems the cause of this accident (incredibly sad as it is, and I certainly wouldn't want to have to go through it) was something other than speed, but the first thought is to cut the speed limit. Perhaps we should all go back to using horse-drawn carriages. That said, traffic on Wantage Road is only going to get worse once Great Western Park joins up at both ends unless we start to lose our reliance on the motor car. icba1957
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4:01pm Wed 5 Mar 14

BambamVsDino says...

As a former resident of oxford crescent there have been several near misses in the past involving children on that stretch of road, they would benefit from a crossing put in the street to make things safer. The amount of cars that go back and forth there picking up and dropping off to the girls school is crazy.... If you add that to all the parked cars along both sides of the road its a wonder there have not been more accidents on the street. What amazes me more is that they can willingly put a 20mph speed limit (Not that half of the drivers pay any attention to it) and a "School crossing" directly opposite the army base as its "Close" to a school and yet are kicking off about putting one right next to a school that educates over a thousand students! An in all fairness some of the traffic doesnt "Just come out of the girls school" they neglect to include the people that race down that street from one end to the other at over 30mph regardless of time of day. If there were a raised crossing or even a traffic calming measure closer to the school people might think twice about it and also remember that children play in the area as well.
An for the Perry family there trying to stop the same thing happening to another family, the amount of children that cross between parked cars from one side to the other is shocking and yet we bring our children up and tell them "Never cross between parked cars as you cant always be seen" how ever down oxford crescent there is not choice its full of parked cars to the left of the school. Just seems madness that they are objecting to cutting into the green for one car parking space when it could benefit so many other people in the future, and provide a safer place for our children and future children to cross in the future.
As a former resident of oxford crescent there have been several near misses in the past involving children on that stretch of road, they would benefit from a crossing put in the street to make things safer. The amount of cars that go back and forth there picking up and dropping off to the girls school is crazy.... If you add that to all the parked cars along both sides of the road its a wonder there have not been more accidents on the street. What amazes me more is that they can willingly put a 20mph speed limit (Not that half of the drivers pay any attention to it) and a "School crossing" directly opposite the army base as its "Close" to a school and yet are kicking off about putting one right next to a school that educates over a thousand students! An in all fairness some of the traffic doesnt "Just come out of the girls school" they neglect to include the people that race down that street from one end to the other at over 30mph regardless of time of day. If there were a raised crossing or even a traffic calming measure closer to the school people might think twice about it and also remember that children play in the area as well. An for the Perry family there trying to stop the same thing happening to another family, the amount of children that cross between parked cars from one side to the other is shocking and yet we bring our children up and tell them "Never cross between parked cars as you cant always be seen" how ever down oxford crescent there is not choice its full of parked cars to the left of the school. Just seems madness that they are objecting to cutting into the green for one car parking space when it could benefit so many other people in the future, and provide a safer place for our children and future children to cross in the future. BambamVsDino
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