Death crash safety fears

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Neighbours of an elderly couple who died in a road accident last week have called for tougher safety measures on Driffield-area roads.

Walter Stevenson (66) and Elizabeth Mallaby (68), of Bainton, died when their car was in a collision on the A164 between Driffield and Hutton Cranswick last Wednesday .

Neighbours have paid tribute to a “lovely couple who you would want in the world a million times over.”

But they have criticised road conditions, including that there are not enough places to safely overtake.

Police are still appealing for witnesses to the collision which happened at around 1.10pm near Driffield Golf Club on August 6 and involved a Red Chevrolet Kalos and a white Nissan Qashqia – as well as the couple’s silver Nissan Micra.

The couple, who lived on Dead Lane, Bainton, with Elizabeth’s son David who is registered blind, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Neighbour Susan Chipman paid tribute saying they were “a very nice, gentle couple” - but branded the state of the roads around Bainton as being “absolutely disgusting” and said that she herself had stopped driving because of safety fears.

She said: “I would like to see a re-think of the roads around here. There are so many near misses that you hear about.”

Her husband Ron Chipman, said: “There are so few places to overtake that people just grab their chances while they can.

“Part of the problem is that people feel immortal in cars nowadays and there’s no incentive to slow down.”

Despite being pensioner’s themselves, “Steve” and Elizabeth had taken their elderly neighbour Dot, aged 84, under their wing, and used to take her shopping.

And despite having only moved to Bainton from Garton around three years ago, they had integrated well into village life, according to neighbours.

Elizabeth and Dot were members of a keep fit group called the Let’s Keep Moving Club as well as the Bainton Belles women’s group.

Dot’s daughter Marion Forster, also of Bainton, said she’d seen motorists have “near misses” on several occasions due to “overtaking foolishly.”

She said: “Steve was a careful driver. You have to wonder how people can go off minding their own business in a car and not come home.

“My mum rang me and said she had the most dreadful news in the world and I just couldn’t believe her and I just kept asking her if she was right.”

The occupants of the Qashqia, a man (65) and a woman (67), were both seriously injured, and were being treated at Hull Royal Infirmary.

The 69-year-old female driver of the Chevrolet was not injured.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is urged to call Humberside Police on 101 quoting log 286 of the Wednesday 06 August 2014.

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