Calls for Portsmouth road to be made safer after woman struck by car during rush hour

The scene of the accident in Kingston Cresent Picture: Jason Kay
The scene of the accident in Kingston Cresent Picture: Jason Kay

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A WOMAN suffered serious head and leg injuries after she was hit by a car on a busy Portsmouth road during the morning rush hour.

The 32-year-old was struck at the junction of Kingston Crescent and London Road at 7.30am yesterday.

On that section of Portsmouth’s roads, I’ve personally had taxis pull into my path without even a look, pedestrians (sometimes drunk and/or fighting) step in front of my path without a look nor a care and remain there whilst arguing with me or others.

Ben Walsh

It led to the closure of Kingston Crescent eastbound between the M275 and London Road, with the left lane remaining sealed off to traffic for the rest of the morning.

A South Central Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: ‘We got a call at 7.32am to the junction of Kingston Crescent and London Road.

‘It was a road traffic collision involving a pedestrian and a car.

‘We sent a rapid-response vehicle, an ambulance crew and an ambulance officer who assisted and treated a female in her 30s, for serious but non-life-threatening head and leg injuries.

‘She was treated at the scene by our crews and taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital.’

People took to The News Facebook page to voice their concerns about how dangerous the road is.

Jade Millson wrote: ‘The traffic lights here are out of sync.

‘They go green for pedestrians and the oncoming traffic turning right at the same time.’

Chris Mann said: ‘Please change the road to make it more like Cosham – already a death of a mother there a few years ago.’

Ben Walsh added: ‘On that section of Portsmouth’s roads alone, I’ve personally had taxis pull into my path without even a look, pedestrians (sometimes drunk and/or fighting) step out without a look nor a care and remain there while arguing with me or others.

‘Oncoming cars cut across the centre line into my path, others overtake me at double the speed limit, cyclists cut in front and across me without looking and also without caring – all in the view of a police station.’

A Hampshire Constabulary spokeswoman said: ‘Police were called by South Central Ambulance Service to a report of a car hitting a pedestrian on Kingston Crescent, Portsmouth.

‘Kingston Crescent was temporarily closed in both directions while emergency services dealt with the incident.

‘The left lane of Kingston Crescent remained closed.’