Mother of injured girl backs road safety campaign in Lowestoft

Sarah Otter and Adrian Nowell, on Tom Crisp Way in Lowestoft. Sarah has started a Facebook campaign

Sarah Otter and Adrian Nowell, on Tom Crisp Way in Lowestoft. Sarah has started a Facebook campaign to improve the safety of the road. - Credit: Archant

The mother of a young girl who was seriously injured on Tom Crisp Way in Lowestoft has pledged her support to a campaign to make the road safer.

11-year old Farrah Marshall, who attends East Point Academy, was involved in a collision with an Audi vehicle at about 3.35pm on December, 14.

She was airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge with suffered serious head, leg and pelvic injuries.

After the incident, Sarah Otter and Adrian Nowell set up a Facebook page entitled 'Make Tom Crisp Way a safer place for everyone' which has over 2,000 likes.

The campaign is demanding action to improve the safety of the major route through Lowestoft, after four serious accidents in less than six months.

Farrah's mother, Louise Harris, has called for changes to the road, saying that 'enough people have been hurt and lost'.

'Farrah has head injuries effecting consciousness, and many other injuries, but these will heal in time,' Louise Harris said.

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'To those close to her I ask that you have faith in the doctors and Farrah herself, she is very strong and just needs time.

'Changes to Tom Crisp Way is a must, enough people have been hurt and lost. Please support the campaign to make Tom Crisp Way a safer place.'

Kevin Blakey, principal at East Point Academy, added: 'We can confirm that the pupil involved in the accident is a pupil at East Point Academy.

'Our thoughts are with her, and her family and friends, and we all hope that she will recover as quickly and as fully as possible.

'We encourage all our students to take road safety very seriously.

'Earlier this term pupils received road safety training from the school's fire liaison officer.

'Sadly this terrible accident shows all too clearly just how dangerous roads can be.'

It is understood a meeting will be held in the New Year with members of the public, police, councillors and the highways team to discuss ways to improve road safety along the busy stretch of the A12.

A formal request has also been made by Councillor Peter Byatt to Suffolk Highways to officially look into speed limit on that stretch of road.

Dave Nichols, spokesman for Brake, the road safety charity, said: 'While we would back any review of this road on safety grounds, we must remember that education and enforcement are also key.

'Evidence shows cameras are a proven cost-effective measure to reduce speeds and crashes, while crossing patrols can provide safer routes for people on foot and bike. 'But it is just as important for drivers to play their part by keeping well within the speed limits, avoiding distractions and risky manoeuvres such as overtaking, and expecting the unexpected.'

Two people have died on the road in the last six months – 35-year-old Scott Smith and 34-year-old Tony Carter, while teenage cyclist Kiran Cannon suffered serious injuries in a collision with a car in September.