23 November 2012

Weston pedestrian fatality takes road toll to 11

| johnboy
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A 95-year-old man has died in hospital following a collision in Weston last night (Thursday, November 22).

Around 6.45pm, the man was hit by a car while walking across Macnally Street near the intersection of Namatjira Drive in Weston. He was taken by the ACT Ambulance Service to The Canberra Hospital and died early this morning.

The driver of the car remained at the scene to assist police with their investigation.

ACT Policing’s Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team are investigating the cause of the collision and will prepare a report for the ACT Coroner.

The man is the eleventh person to have died on ACT roads this year.

Police are urging anyone who may have witnessed the collision on Macnally Street in Weston last night and are yet to speak to police to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers website on www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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more road fodder. human life is cheap if you are on foot. My sincere condolences.

Just shows you can dodge all the bad things in life for 95 years and fail once your gone.

The Crossings in belconnen are also like this. Many near misses from crazy drivers not paying attention.

Weston espically is really badly designed. Lets hope they fix it up while they’re doing Molonglo.
Weston has probably been like that for 30 years. Time for a fix

This is a particularly tricky intersection for both traffic and pedestrians. There doesn’t seem to be a place for people of any age to safely cross the road. I grew up in the area and still drive through this intersection daily, and I literally could not count the number of near misses I have seen.

There are a number of takeaways, a supermarket carpark, a gym, a skate park and a service station in the immediate vicinity of this intersection, and plenty of ‘blind’ fast corners.

If you know this intersection, you will understand my question – as an elderly person standing in front of Subway, how would you make your way safely back to Mirinjani? It’s a very long and circuitous route to access paths, pedestrian crossings, or underpasses.

Condolences to the family of the gentleman killed.

After no pedestrian fatalities from 2009 until May of this year, this is Canberra’s fourth pedestrian fatality for 2012, and the third over-65 pedestrian fatality in the past six weeks.
On 12 October a 69-year-old woman was killed on Dexter Street in Cook.
On 2 November an 84-year-old man was killed in a car park on Hindmarsh Drive in Phillip.

ACT Police are yet to advise who (if anyone) is to be charged over the incident on 24 August in which a police car collided with a pedestrian in Civic.

My condolences to the family. For someone to have their life ended in such a sudden and unecessary way is tragic.

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