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Pedestrian's tragic death in Stafford prompts coroner's calls for safety inspection

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: March 11, 2014

Pedestrian's tragic death in Stafford prompts coroner's calls for safety inspection

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A PENSIONER was killed after stepping into the road in Stafford as a car came round the corner prompting the coroner to ask highways to look again at the junction.

Peter Banks, 82, of Weston Road, was hit by a Vauxhall Astra on May 5 last year as he tried to cross Westhead Avenue.

An inquest in Cannock heard last week Mr Banks was carried along on the bonnet of the car for a short time as the driver braked.

He was rushed to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire but sadly died the next day after suffering a head injury.

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Staffordshire South coroner Andrew Haigh recorded the verdict of road traffic accident after hearing that neither the driver or the pedestrian had seen each other.

Mr Haigh said concerns had been raised by Staffordshire Police about the crossing point being too close to the junction with Weston Road.

He said: “I wonder if the crossing should go back a bit and I will write to highways about that.”

The Astra driver Liz Tayler-White said she had been on Weston Road, waiting to turn right into Westhead Avenue, when a driver coming from the opposite direction flashed his lights for her to pull out.

She said she checked the way ahead and could see no-one in the road, but as she turned into Westhead Avenue a man walked into the road. She did an emergency stop and tried to swerve but the man made contact with the car. She said she had been in first gear and was doing no more than 10 to 15 miles per hour.

“I have thought about it time and time again but can’t think of any reasons why I did not see him until I turned right. He came off the pavement to my left,” she added.

PC Christopher Clarke, a forensic collision investigator, said the driver had had little or no time to stop prior to colliding with the pedestrian.

Mr Haigh added: “I would like to convey my sympathies to the family. Normally Mr Banks was perfectly safe crossing that road. He did not expect a car to suddenly be turning in.”

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