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Man,62, dies after traffic collision on Coney Hill Road

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 22, 2014

  • The scene of the collision on Coney Hill Road

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A 62-YEAR-OLD man has died following a rush-hour collision in a residential area of Coney Hill.

Police are investigating the cause of the crash involving a black car and a silver van at around 8.10am in Coney Hill Road.

The driver of the van suffered a cardiac arrest and was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, where he died at about 9am.

A police spokesman said: “Whether the cardiac arrest caused the collision or the collision caused the cardiac arrest we do not know at this stage.”

The man, from Gloucester, appeared to have crashed his vehicle through a boundary wall of a house in Coney Hill Road.

Police said the driver of the other vehicle was not injured in the incident.

The road at the junction between the Metz Way roundabout and Hawthorne Avenue was closed while investigations took place and was reopened by 1pm.

A woman at the scene, who asked not to be named, said: “I heard a loud bang but assumed it was the men collecting the bins making a noise.

“But I went outside later in the morning to take in the bin and saw all the activity.

“The paramedics had arrived and were giving the man CPR.

“People came out of their houses and were watching from their doorsteps.

“I am so shocked that something like this has happened on our road.”

The fatal incident has caused fresh concern about speeding traffic in Coney Hill.

Residents are calling for action on the road which they say is “an accident waiting to happen”.

Mike Groom, who lives in St Lawrence Road, in Coney Hill, said: “The road is a typical rat run and it doesn’t matter what time of day it is, drivers are always speeding. It’s not just Coney Hill Road, it is happening all over Coney Hill.”

Mr Groom, who is chairman of the Barnwood Residents’ Association and member of the Barnwood Community Partnership, added: “It is a concern because it is a residential area with lots of pedestrians.

“The speed bumps aren’t doing anything to slow the traffic and if anything they are causing more danger because they spin the driver out of control.

“Speeding drivers don’t care about the dangers, they just want to get home as quickly as possible.”

Residents are calling for updated traffic calming measures and think a greater police presence would deter speeding drivers.

A neighbour who lives close to the scene of the crash, but asked not to be named, said: “The car must have been coming around the bend at some speed.

“I said just last week that someone is going to get killed on this road.

“It is an accident waiting to happen and something needs to be done.

“There need to be more chicanes on the street and more police patrols.

“It is just so sad what has happened today.

“When I looked out of my window all I could see was blue lights and I knew that it was serious.

“I feel sorry for the people across the road whose house the car has gone into.

“It must be very distressing for them.”

The man’s next of kin and the coroner have been informed.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting incident 70 of April 22.

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