Danger road: more crashes

PUBLISHED: 07:00 02 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:17 26 October 2009

A ROAD where a schoolboy was killed two-and-a-half years ago was the scene of three more crashes in the space of nine hours. One driver was taken to hospital and another car landed in a ditch just yards from where 12-year-old Tomer Allen-Price died in a c

A ROAD where a schoolboy was killed two-and-a-half years ago was the scene of three more crashes in the space of nine hours.

One driver was taken to hospital and another car landed in a ditch just yards from where 12-year-old Tomer Allen-Price died in a crash in 2006.

The accidents, on Hawkshead Road, Brookmans Park, happened between the night of December 22 and the morning of December 23.

The first accident occurred at around 11pm when a black Renault Clio skidded off the road and hit a hedge.

Shortly afterwards, a Nissan Micra travelling towards Potters Bar landed in a ditch at the same spot. The driver was uninjured.

Then at 8am, a Ford Ka came off the road and landed on its roof in a hedge.

The driver, an 18-year-old woman, was taken to the QE2 Hospital with minor injuries.

The crash site is opposite homes owned by the nearby Royal Veterinary College.

Pat Pauley lives in one of the houses with her husband Steve, a shepherd at the college.

Mrs Pauley said she was "concerned" about the crashes.

"It seems to be happening more often," she said. "Three in 24 hours is ridiculous.

"I think the speed limit has got to start sooner. That seems to be the only practical way to slow people down."

In June 2006, Potters Bar lad Tomer was killed in a head-on collision along Hawkshead Road while being driven to school.

A shrine still stands on the spot where he crashed, about 50 yards from where the latest accidents occurred.

A county council spokesman said: "While safety improvements can help to influence driver behaviour, physical measures alone cannot eliminate accidents altogether.

"Enforcement and education have an important role to play, and motorists have a responsibility to drive within the speed limit and according to changing road conditions.

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