Crash victims lead safety drive

Molly Williams and Willow James of Bourne Academy with assistant headteacher Brett Sinclair.
Molly Williams and Willow James of Bourne Academy with assistant headteacher Brett Sinclair.

Two girls critically injured in a crash near their homes have joined a campaign to cut the number of deaths on south Lincolnshire roads.

Molly Williams (12) and Willow James (11) took part in this year’s National Road Safety Week campaign, called Look Out For Each other, just 11 months after they were hit by a minibus on the A15 in January.

The girls, both from Thurlby and attending Bourne Academy, shared their experiences with students as part of their own road safety campaign at the school.

Assistant headteacher Brett Sinclair said: “It’s a little under a year since the horrific road accident involving Molly and Willow who were both airlifted to hospital and underwent a long-term programme of stabilisation and rehabilitation.

“Wonderfully, both girls made miraculous recoveries and an emotional return to school where they have started their own in-school road safety campaign.

“I was fortunate enough to see the first of their assemblies and it was a very moving experience, expertly put together and delivered by the girls.

“The audience was suitably impressed with the presentation which was met with gasps of amazement as the girls described their recovery from such severe injuries.”

National Road Safety Week, from November 17 until 23, was run by the charity Brake whose figures showed that there were more than 60 cases of careless driving on roads in South Holland, Bourne and the Deepings last year.

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive of Brake, said: “When drivers use roads without care for others, the consequences can be tragic and horrific.”