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Wayward motorist in Quedgeley 'could have killed somebody', says concerned resident

By CitizenNews  |  Posted: August 29, 2014

  • Fred Hill said this was the moment a car crashed into safety bollards outside of his house

  • The demolished bollards at Merlin Aveue

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CCTV captured the moment a wayward motorist ploughed into two bollards on a crossing minutes after it was used by a mum and her children.

Footage of a Vauxhall Corsa mounting the pavement and destroying posts in a Quedgeley was caught on Fred Hill’s driveway camera.

Now he wants the driver brought to justice.

Police are investigating the hit-and-run and are appealing for the motorist to come forward.

Mr Hill heard a loud bang outside his Merlin Drive home but it was only when he checked his CCTV system that he realised a driver had smashed through the bollards at around noon last Friday.

He said: “When we went outside some guy came back up the road and said, ‘did you see that’?

“I interrogated my CCTV system and was appalled to find that, five minutes before impact, a mother with a child in a pushchair and another very young child alongside were at this location. Had they been here minutes later there would have been possible fatalities.”

The heavy-duty bollards are at a pinch point in the road where the kerb has been built out to make the carriageway narrower.

“They are there to slow traffic for the nearby school and it is regularly used as a crossing point for parents and children,” said Mr Hill.

He believes the car would have suffered substantial damage in the crash.

A Gloucestershire police spokesman said: “Officers have investigated this incident thoroughly. Unfortunately, these investigations were unable to reveal the identity of the offender or their car.

“We takes road safety very seriously as part of the Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership, to help make roads as safe as possible.”

Gloucestershire County Council’s highways manager Sally Goodwin assured residents there was no evidence of a speeding issue in the 30mph zone. Signs and road markings were improved last year.

Anyone with information on the incident should call police on 101, quoting incident number 180 of August 22.

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  • Apothegm_  |  August 31 2014, 9:32AM

    @thomas1996: I expected that someone would have made your comment somewhat earlier!

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  • thomas1996  |  August 30 2014, 10:41PM

    What a load of bollards!

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  • Kay_Powell  |  August 30 2014, 2:57PM

    As far as I'm concerned, bollards should not be so flimsy that an ordinary car can drive over them and suffer virtually no damage. Those plastic bollards are almost useless, as are the metal ones that are only planted about three inches deep into tarmac.

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  • Apothegm_  |  August 30 2014, 9:33AM

    True, Kay, but you didn't question what heavy-duty bollards' would be, and why they might not be needed! Surely the duty of bollards is simply to look black (mostly) and be vertical?

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  • Kay_Powell  |  August 29 2014, 9:36PM

    Heavy-duty bollards? Nonsense, you can see that they're the usual cheap, plastic rubbish.

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