I met her children; you could see from their eyes that dealing with the loss of one's mother from traffic violence is a tragedy that brings out many emotions.
|Flowers left by a witness, Lady Nadia Essex (her picture)|
The son explained that his mother probably started crossing with the green light. The lorry must have stopped over the ASL and started off without looking; the poor woman was dragged by the low front fender and then crushed to death.
|Large lorries do not respect ASL and cannot see children in front of them|
Examining the site at 15:30, one could not help noticing the number of young children holding hands to their parents. And yet the conditions for pedestrians are woeful.
- There is no all-green pedestrian phase
- One arm has staggered crossing, with up to 60 second wait in the middle
- One arm has the crossing pushed back 20 metres
- One arm has NO pedestrian lights.
|Father and child risking their lives with 50kph traffic and no green man. The alternative is a four minutes and fifteen seconds ordeal|
If a pedestrian, say a 69 year old woman like Assia, doesn't want to risk crossing at the arm with no lights, she would have to cross the three other arms. This takes four minutes and fifteen seconds.
Alternatively, imagine you are the parent of an 11-year old walking to school. What advice are you going to give him?
How can TfL be so contemptuous of ordinary citizens, especially the young, the old and the less mobile?
Let's also see whether the Metropolitan Police yet again are going to accept the lie of "I didn't see her" as an excuse for not prosecuting the killer.