Safety concerns raised after man airlifted following Hatfield crash

PUBLISHED: 09:48 29 November 2016 | UPDATED: 10:06 29 November 2016

The air ambulance at Link Drive car park. Picture credit: Colin Oliver

The air ambulance at Link Drive car park. Picture credit: Colin Oliver

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Calls for a zebra crossing have surfaced following a collision in Hatfield that left a man with serious head injuries.

The collision between a Fiat Punto and a man in his 30s happened in Link Drive earlier this month, and resulted in the pedestrian being airlifted to Royal London Hospital.

A Hatfield school teacher, who was at the scene, told the WHT: “I heard a bang and looked around, and this man was lying on the floor, head against the pavement, not moving. But you could see him breathing quite heavily.”

He added: “The first instinct when you see something like that is not to move them, so we bent down to see if he was all right and he spat out a load of blood.”

A police spokeswoman confirmed the pedestrian was taken to hospital with serious, but not life-threatening injuries, and has since undergone surgery.

He is now in a stable condition.

The driver, a man in his 20s, was uninjured.

Following the incident there were calls on social media to introduce traffic calming measures on the stretch, which is close to the skate park and Onslow St Audrey’s School.

Sarah-jane Readings told the WHT she thought the stretch was “dangerous”, and claimed it was a common place people cross on their way into town.

She said: “I think it would be a very good idea to put a zebra crossing there so people can get across safely.

“It’s awful what happened there last week, and I feel strongly that it is less likely to happen again if there was a zebra crossing put in.”

Police requested any witnesses of the collision on Wednesday, November 16, to contact them on the non-emergency number 101.

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