Crossing calls after serious accident

The niece of a man critically injured after being hit by a car in Long Buckby is appealing for a zebra crossing to be installed in the village.

Charlotte Griffiths, 18, from Daventry, was given the news that her uncle, also from Daventry, has been given a 50/50 chance of survival following an accident.

The 40-year-old man, who the family wish to remain unnamed, was in collision with a black Peugeot 207 on Station Road in Long Buckby just after 7am on Monday.

He had been trying to cross the road when he was struck by the car and was then airlifted to Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry.

Ms Griffiths said: “My uncle was coming out from behind a bus to get to the station and he was hit really hard.

“He hit the windscreen and shattered his pelvis. He also has three bleeds in his brain, his ankles are broken and he is currently on a life support machine.”

Disitrict Sergeant Sam Dobbs, who was on the scene, described the incident as hugely traumatic for everyone.

The teenager received a call from her dad after the accident and was told to prepare for the worst.

She said: “When I got the call I couldn’t believe it. I dropped the phone and I couldn’t think straight.”

In light of the accident Ms Griffiths is calling for a zebra crossing near the station to prevent future accidents.

She said: “As the bus stop is near a corner I think it’s particularly dangerous for people trying to get across. The main thing I would like to come from this accident is that something is put in place to prevent it happening again.”

Long Buckby Parish Council chairman Steve Osborne said this week: “We have asked the county council to look at the speed of traffic down that hill as it’s been a concern for some time.”