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Calls for road safety after tragic death

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 08, 2014

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A PETITION has been set up to fight for more safety measures along a road which claimed the life of a popular 21-year-old.

Devastated friends of Mark Haywood have set up an online petition calling for a second pedestrian crossing in William Nadin Way after the former William Allit school pupil was killed when he was hit by a blue Ford Mondeo, last Tuesday.

The investigation into his death is still ongoing but more than 300 people have already signed the petition.

His girlfriend said: “We recently lost Mark Haywood, a young bright spark who loved life and touched everybody he knew, so let’s do something for him.

“As his girlfriend I know that this is what he would have wanted - all of us pulling together to make a change.

“He was killed crossing William Nadin Way. This was an accident.

“This is a fast road which has public footpaths on both sides linking Newhall to Swadlincote and Church Gresley.

“Young and old people use the footpaths. We need a safe place to cross, as well as signs indicating people crossing, improved street lighting, and a reduction of speed.”

It comes just days after police cordoned off the road on Saturday to allow dozens of people to walk its entire length to highlight pedestrian safety on the road.

They then held a minute’s silence at the crash scene, before finishing the march at the skatepark, in Woodhouse Street, Swadlincote.

A spokesman for Derbyshire County Council said: “We’re in touch with Derbyshire police who are trying to establish the circumstances of the crash.

“Once we know what caused the crash, we’ll have a clearer idea about any action that may need to be taken.”

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