Smashed parked car sparks call for road access restrictions

DM16118019a.jpg Lorry smashes car after sat-nav mix-up. Dave Stevenson and daughter Chloe at the spot in Roundstone Drive East Preston where the incident happened. Photo by Derek Martin. SUS-160516-163853008
DM16118019a.jpg Lorry smashes car after sat-nav mix-up. Dave Stevenson and daughter Chloe at the spot in Roundstone Drive East Preston where the incident happened. Photo by Derek Martin. SUS-160516-163853008

An ambulance driver is calling for tighter controls on large vehicles using his road in East Preston after a passing truck wrote off his daughter’s car.

David Stevenson said a delivery lorry smashed up the parked car while attempting to turn from Roundstone Drive into Lashmar Road.

The incident last month left the parked car with its wing-mirror hanging off and a cracked windscreen.

“A wide lorry was witnessed by one of my neighbours trying to turn in from Roundstone Drive. He made it so awkward he almost certainly hit my daughter’s car.”

Mr Stevenson said that satellite navigation systems were partly to blame for directing RTV vehicles and school coaches down the narrow route, which joins two parts of North Lane.

He said: “It’s not wide enough for these size vehicles – the bin men only just manage to get through.

“What they should be doing is using the North Lane, round and all the way down.”

Now the family wants to see some sort of regulation on the type of traffic that can pass through the road, or speed humps to discourage drivers from using it as a cut through.

As an driver by profession, Mr Stevenson said the route through Roundstone Drive is longer and slower than following North Lane to get to the shops and school.

He said: “It’s just so frustrating, it really is. The amount of times I’ve seen these lorries driving past and I knew sometime, somone was going to hit a car coming past, but I never thought it would be my daughter.”

Mr Stevenson has since contacted the logistics company he believes was responsible for the lorry.

The company denied liability but informed him that the driver in question had since been suspended.

The main driver of the damaged car was 18-year-old Chloe, who used the black Vauxhall Corsa to get to work.

After two weeks, she was finally able to get a replacement courtesy car, but her father said having to scrap her car has dented her confidence as a driver.

“She’s really upset. This is the second incident she’s had this year,” he said.

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