Father’s battle for road safety

Timothy Warren and his wide Tracey are campaigning for better road safety along Navigation Approach in Stowmarket after their 10-year-old son William died in October after being hit by a car.
Timothy Warren and his wide Tracey are campaigning for better road safety along Navigation Approach in Stowmarket after their 10-year-old son William died in October after being hit by a car.
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THE FATHER of a 10-year-old boy, who died when he was hit by a car in Stowmarket, is campaigning for better road safety.

William Warren, a pupil at Stowmarket Middle School, was hit by a Volkswagon Golf on Navigation Approach on October 6 last year.

10-year-old  William Warren died in October last year after being hit by a car on Navigation Approach in Stowmarket

10-year-old William Warren died in October last year after being hit by a car on Navigation Approach in Stowmarket

He died six days later at Addenbrooke’s Hospital due to head injuries.

An inquest into William’s death on Tuesday, at the Active Business Centre, in Bury St Edmunds, concluded that his death was a tragic accident.

Suffolk coroner Dr Peter Dean said the driver, a Mr Meeks, had no alcohol in his system, was not speeding and could do little to avoid the collision.

William’s father Timothy, 56, has campaigned since his son’s death for improved safety measures along the 30mph stretch.

Recently, new speed signs were placed along the road after he arranged a petition signed by 250 people, including MP David Ruffley.

But Mr Warren thinks more can be done to make the road safer for pedestrians and is campaigning for a new zebra crossing to be created.

He said: “One more death on that road would be too much to bear. My opinion is the road is sub standard.

“I would like to see some fencing put in place as the kids use that narrow path to walk along.

“I would really like to see another zebra crossing along Navigation Approach.

“They have put the existing crossing so that you have to cross a busy junction first – but kids don’t want to do that because they fear the traffic coming out of that road.

“It is clear it is a dangerous road. We don’t want another child being hit down there.”

Since William’s death, Mr Warren, his wife Tracey, 37, and daughter Kate, 16, have moved from their home in Pintail Road, Stowmarket, to Needham Market to escape the painful memories.

Mr Warren said: “William was a very loving boy. He had sweets on him when he was hit and had been crossing the road to give some to his friends – his last act was a kind one.

“I would like to thank all those who put flowers on the bridge and would like to thank the emergency services – I do not know where we would be without them.”

A spokeswoman for Suffolk County Council said: “An existing 30mph speed limit is in place on Navigation Approach and we have subsequently added ‘cut your speed’ signs to help assist the police in enforcing the speed limit.”