Dad steps up plea for Minsthorpe Lane safety action

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A schoolgirl who was seriously injured when she was knocked down on Minsthorpe Lane is fighting her way back to health.

Eleven-year-old Georgia Easton – who suffered bruising to the brain, a cracked collarbone and cracked pelvis when she was hit by a car as she walked to Minsthorpe Community College last month – is still in Leeds General Infirmary but is now able to walk and talk.

Her dad, Dave Easton, of Barnsley Road, South Elmsall, said: “Georgia is making great progress, she’s doing really well to say it’s only four weeks since the accident.

“She started walking and the last thing to come back was her speech but now she’s talking and even reading books.

“We even managed to leave the hospital for a short walk this week - it’s amazing what a difference a month makes.”

Mr Easton is backing the petition to make Minsthorpe Lane safe by reducing the speed limit to 20mph.

He added: “The petition is brilliant and I would definitely ask more people to sign it so we can make this road safe.

“My little girl was seriously injured and an elderly man died after being hit by a skip lorry on the same stretch of road - what more does the council need to do something?”

Police have been stepping up road safety education following the accident.

Officers from South Kirkby Neighourhood Police Team (NPT) went along to St Luke’s Nursery to talk about road safety to youngsters and organised a guided walk.

Acting Insp Lee Carlson said: “We organised the road safety education following the recent traffic accident on Minsthorpe Lane.

“One of the keys to keeping our children safe on the highway is early education on the importance of road safety and I’m pleased that my staff can help with this.

“Any schools or nurseries interested in a similar visit can contact us on 101.”