THE tragic death of a Shirley pensioner has sparked urgent pleas to put a pedestrian crossing on Cranmore Boulevard.
The 88-year-old, who has not been formally identified, but was named locally as Betty McCulloch, was killed in a road accident on Friday morning. Susan Coulter, who lives nearby, has already started a petition and said that many residents were devastated by news of Betty’s death.
Since Friday’s tragic events, Susan has collected almost 100 signatures from local people who want Solihull Council to take action.
Susan said: “All the neighbours I spoke to were very sad and very shocked by the news - some of them had tears in their eyes. “
A previous campaign to install a pedestrian crossing proved fruitless, but Susan hopes that the authority will listen this time and plans to present the fresh petition to Solihull MP Lorely Burt. Cllrs Tim and Andy Hodgson (Lib Dem, Shirley South) said they were fully behind the campaign.
Cllr Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport and highways, said: “I was sorry to hear about the accident that occurred on Cranmore Boulevard. In response to earlier concerns raised by residents, we have introduced a number of road safety measures in the area which make it easier for pedestrians to see traffic coming from both directions.
“However, in light of this recent incident, we will be working with the local police to establish whether there are any further measures required.”
The fatal collision happened at just before 9.30am.
Emergency services rushed to the scene and Betty was airlifted to Selly Oak Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Bunches of flowers and tributes have been placed at the scene of the crash. One message read: “A lovely lady, sadly missed - a terrible tragedy.”
A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: “The road traffic collision was between an 88-year-old female pedestrian and a black Audi Estate.”
Officers are urging anyone who witnessed the crash to call Solihull police station on 0845 113 5000.