Third pedestrian death sparks warning

By Connie Osborne Wednesday 18 December 2013 Updated: 19/12 23:49

A WOMAN has become the third pedestrian killed in the space of a week after being involved in a collision with a car.

The 35-year-old was walking on the A435 Alcester Road on Tuesday (December 17) when she collided with a Seat which was being driven by a man in his 40s from Hollywood.

It happened about 7pm on the northbound carriageway between the M42 and Becketts Island.

She was pronounced dead at the scene and Worcestershire's coroner has been informed.

An investigation has now been launched and police want to hear from anyone who was driving on the dual carriageway at that time of the incident and may have seen what happened.

PC Owen Atwell of West Mercia Police said it was a tragic incident in which a young woman had lost her life and his thoughts were with her family.

"Even the smallest detail could be important to us so please get in touch if you saw anything at all that could help our inquiries."

It follows the death of 41-year-old Stuart Burns of Crossley Walk in Bromsgrove, who was in a collision with three cars on Saturday (December 14) on the Bromsgrove Highway.

The father-of-two who was originally from Dundee, in Scotland, and a production team member at Kimal had been out on his work Christmas party and had visited Love 2 Love nightclub in Bromsgrove around 1.30am.

It is not yet known how he came to be walking along the Bromsgrove Highway, heading in the direction of Redditch.

A further incident saw a man lose his life after being involved in a collision with a lorry while walking on the M42 near Alvechurch on Monday (December 16).

He was pronounced dead at the scene and the northbound carriageway, between Junction 3 (Birmingham South, Redditch) and Junction 2 (Hopwood), was closed about 10.15pm for around three hours.

Calls have been made by police urging people walking by busy roads to be extra cautious, especially during the evening.

PC Atwell added: "This is the third death of a pedestrian in North Worcestershire in the space of a week and we would remind people to take extra care while walking alongside or crossing roads during hours of darkness and that equally applies to motorists who need to be aware of other road users."

A spokeswoman for Safer Roads Partnership in Warwickshire and West Mercia said it was difficult for motorists to see pedestrians in the darker evenings and mornings and people should wear high visibility clothing and relfective material.

She also motorists to take extra care and look out for other road users.

Witnesses or anyone with any information about the incidents should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously 0800 555 111.

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