Pensioner hit by car at ‘worst’ road junction in Portsmouth

ACCIDENT The scene of the crash
ACCIDENT The scene of the crash
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AN elderly man is being treated for head injuries after he was knocked down by a car in North End.

The pensioner was hit at the junction of London Road and Stubbington Avenue at 11.50am yesterday.

The 87-year-old was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.

Liz Rann, a fitness coach for Curves gym, in Stubbington Avenue, witnessed the incident.

The 50-year-old said: ‘I looked left and saw a car coming, so stepped back and as I went to look right again I heard a thud.

‘When I looked down there was an elderly man lying by my feet and he had been hit by a car.’

Liz is a first aider and started helping the man.

‘I dropped my bag and started dealing with him,’ added Liz.

‘He was talking to me and I asked him who he was.

‘He was bleeding from the head and I was trying to figure out where it was coming from.

‘I kept talking to him.

‘What was more amazing was how everyone came together.

‘There had been a nurse in the British Heart Foundation store, a scenes of crime woman and a trauma nurse.

‘We were able to respond very quickly and help the man.’

This incident is one of many that have occurred at the busy junction in North End.

The News previously reported that London Road is the most dangerous road in Portsmouth.

It has had 398 accidents over the past 10 years.

Retired David Harrison, of Angerstein Road, North End, says the roundabout at the top of London Road is extremely dangerous.

He said it’s an issue he has raised with Portsmouth City Council.

Mr Harrison, 64, said: ‘It’s a miracle no one has been killed there, it’s only a matter of time.

‘I was almost run over myself a couple of weeks back.

‘Drivers don’t slow down on the roundabout approach and something needs to be done.’

Councillor Jason Fazackarley, in charge of traffic and transportation, said: ‘We recognise there are issues there.

‘It boils down to funding or a lack of funding.

‘Capital for road schemes went down from £2m last year to £700,000 this year.

‘There are lots of schemes requested and it’s right residents voice concerns.

‘I’m hopeful we can put something in the programme for the 2013 budget.’