Calls for 20mph speed limit after death of pensioner struck by tipper truck near Maida Vale construction site

The ‘West End Extra’ reports;

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“CAMPAIGNERS are calling for a 20mph speed limit to be introduced on a busy Westminster road where a pensioner was killed by a tipper truck on Monday afternoon.

The woman, who is believed to be in her 90s but has not been formally identified, was struck by the heavy goods vehicle as it left a construction site at the junction of Elgin Avenue and Chippenham Road in Maida Vale.

Witnesses were visibly shaken by the what they saw and the London Ambulance Service confirmed that the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Tracy Makin, who was standing at the window of her flower shop in Chippenham Road when the incident took place, said: “I saw it happen and I was the one that called the ambulance.

“I went over to her and people were rushing over. She was just crushed. She was just unidentifiable, that’s how badly hurt she was.”

The truck, which was loaded down with rubble, was leaving a site in ­Tamplin Mews where contractors working for Thames Water are excavating tonnes of earth to make way for vast water chambers that will reduce the risk of flooding in the area.

The decision to dig up the park faced fierce opposition from residents, many of whom attended a meeting at City Hall when permission was granted to Thames Water last summer.

More than 70 people wrote to the council to raise their concerns about the work, with many expressing fears that it would lead to “increased congestion and risk of road traffic accidents”.

The driver of the truck stopped at the scene and was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving. He has been bailed to return to a police station on April 21.

A spokeswoman for Thames Water said the company wished to pass on it “deepest sympathies to the family” of the ­victim.

A petition has been launched calling on Westminster Council to introduce a 20mph speed limit in Elgin Avenue. It states that the “road is becoming more dangerous as drivers speed up and down to the detriment of pedestrians and cyclists”.

The latest tragedy ­follows the death of 93-year-old Margaret O’Brien, who was hit by a Scania lorry last year as she crossed Harrow Road at the other end of ­Chippenham Road.

Ms Makin said: “These roadworks have been going on for about the last two months and it is very dangerous for the pedestrians.”

Labour councillor Paul Dimoldenberg reiterated his call for a 20mph for all of Elgin Avenue.

He added: “Our sympathies go out to the family and friends of the elderly lady who was killed and we have called on the council and Transport for London to look into this latest fatality to see how pedestrian safety can be improved on Chippenham Road, Elgin Avenue and Harrow Road.

“There’s no need for people to be in such a dangerous situation when these roads are residential roads.”

Both Camden and Islington have already implemented a 20mph limit throughout the ­borough.

Police believe they know the identity of the victim and are consulting with her family who are expected to carry out a formal identification next week.

A post-mortem examination is scheduled to take place today (Friday).

Early reports that the victim was a resident of Ernest Harriss House sheltered housing were ruled out by managers, Genesis Housing.

Officers from the Road Death Investigation Unit are investigating and are urging witnesses to contact them on 020 8941 9011 or, to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

We have started an on-line petition to introduce a 20mph speed limit on Elgin Avenue. The petition can be found at

http://petitions.westminster.gov.uk/ElginAvenue/

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