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‘He would be proud’ - Mark’s safety petition gathers pace

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 21, 2014

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THE girlfriend of a 21-year-old who was killed after he was hit by a car said he would be proud after petitions asking for a second pedestrian crossing have been signed by more than 1,000 people.

One online petition set up by Bryony Barrett, with support from friends of Mark Haywood, has been signed by more than 400 people after the former William Allitt pupil was killed when he was struck by a car in William Nadin Way, Swadlincote.

Miss Barrett believes Mark, of Castle Road, Castle Gresley, had been using the road to walk from the Catchems pub to her home in Newhall, when the accident happened at 11.45pm on Tuesday, April 1.

The 17-year-old said: “Mark and I had always used the road and said it was dangerous and needed a crossing.

“On one side there is a public footpath to Tesco (in Swadlincote) and on the other side there is a further access across a stile in the fields (to Newhall). People use the road as a cut across to get from Gresley to Newhall. We think he was going from the Catchems pub to my house in Newhall at the time.”

Miss Barrett said Mark had been her crush at school.

After he left school, they met up at parties and had been together for three years at the time of his death.

She said: “I have had so much support from his friends.

“He would be so proud that everyone has been pulling together for this.

“The online petition has had more than 400 signatures. We also have several paper petitions, each with about 300 signatures.

“His friend’s from college have also filled three pages and we have been collecting signatures from The Empire pub, in Swadlincote.”

Miss Barrett is hoping to have more success with her petition than a few years ago, after safety calls were made for the road when a motorcyclist was killed.

Anyone who would like to sign the petition can visit www.ipetitions.com/petition/making-william-nadin-way-a-safer-place

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