Family’s plea for road safety action

Newspaper: Hemsworth Express.'Story: Georgia Easton from Moorthorpe, South Elmsall. Seriously injured after being hit by a car, driven by an elderly driver, earlier during 2015.'Georgia is pictured with her father, Dave Easton.'Photo Date: 30/03/15
Newspaper: Hemsworth Express.'Story: Georgia Easton from Moorthorpe, South Elmsall. Seriously injured after being hit by a car, driven by an elderly driver, earlier during 2015.'Georgia is pictured with her father, Dave Easton.'Photo Date: 30/03/15

Schoolgirl Georgia Easton, who was seriously hurt when she was hit by a car on Minsthorpe Lane, is appealing for people to sign a petition to make the road safe.

The 11-year-old Minsthorpe Community College pupil is now home from hospital, six weeks after the incident when she was hit by a car as she walked to school.

She suffered bleeding and bruising on the brain, a cracked collarbone and a cracked pelvis.

Georgia, of Barnsley Road, Moorthorpe, said: “I want the road to be made safe so this doesn’t happen to anyone else.

“I remember going to cross the road but I can’t remember anything after that.”

The Express launched a petition calling for a 20mph speed limit on the road where Georgia was hurt and an 85-year-old man died after being hit by a skip lorry.

Georgia’s dad Dave Easton, 50, said: “The whole thing has been absolutely devastating, she’s lucky to be alive.

“I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. Seeing your child lying there with tubes everywhere, hoping they stay alive and then hoping they wake up, is absolutely horrendous.

“Georgia is luckier than some but the doctors still don’t know whether she will suffer long-term brain damage because they don’t know how deep her injuries are.

“She’s back at school two hours a day but we don’t know when she will be able to go back full time.

“She isn’t the same since as she was before. She’s moody and tired all the time. I’m convinced if she had been hit at 20mph her injuries wouldn’t have been anywhere near as severe.

“Minsthorpe Lane is so dangerous it’s got to be sorted.

“Children are safe at home and at school but not in between. It’s madness.

“When you see the result of a child being knocked down you start to think about road safety.

“If the speed limit was 20mph it would force motorists to avoid the road so there wouldn’t be as much chance of this happening again.”

More than 700 people have signed our petition calling on Wakefield Council to introduce a 20mph speed limit on Minsthorpe Lane.

The council is trialling 20mph zones in five areas near schools.

Pilot schemes are taking place near Havercroft J&I, South Kirkby’s Stockingate Mill and Common Road J&I Schools, The Vale Primary in Ferrybridge, Ossett Academy and St Ignatius RC School in Ossett and Gawthorpe Academy.

Neil Rodgers, the council’s service director for planning transportation and highways said: “After we have reviewed the impact we will then be able to see if this will benefit any other locations, including outside Minsthorpe Community College.”

To sign the petition visit www.change.org/p/wakefield-council-make-minsthorpe-lane-in-south-elmsall-safe-by-introducing-a-20mph-zone-on-the-road