Fresh calls for speed cut after hit-and-run death

People living in Bourne Road, Pode Hole, where Tim Osborn died in a hit-and-run, want to see the speed limit lowered to 40mph before anyone else is killed.
People living in Bourne Road, Pode Hole, where Tim Osborn died in a hit-and-run, want to see the speed limit lowered to 40mph before anyone else is killed.
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THE hit-and-run death of Tim Osborn has prompted renewed calls for action to make the road where he was killed safer.

Selena Holland (20), who lives in Bourne Road, Pode Hole – just yards away from the scene of the accident which killed 27-year-old Tim on September 14 – says she wants to start a petition calling for safety measures to prevent any more deaths.

Her own brother had a close call when he was knocked from his bike a few years ago while doing a paper round, and Selena says she has heard of many more near misses.

She said: “Is this enough or do they need more deaths before they will do anything?

“They need to wake up and realise the speed cars go down this road.

“Hopefully they will now get off their backsides and do something.”

John Siddle, of Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, said it is still too early in the investigation into Tim’s death to say whether speed played a part.

But he has asked for a speed survey to be carried out along the stretch of Bourne Road where Tim died – just yards from his own home – to provide data which would form the basis of any decision on a speed limit reduction.

He said: “The circumstances are obviously very emotional and raw. We do understand that and we are talking to Tim’s family, keeping them informed almost on an hourly basis of any updates in the investigation.

“Our immediate priority is to find out what happened to Tim and then we will look at the road and deal with the community in due course.

“If we identify there are problems with the road we will address them, but we cannot introduce these types of measures if the evidence does not back up the need for them.

“Bourne Road has a 50mph limit, and considering the housing layout, I would suggest it is correctly set.

“Simply dropping the speed limit does not mean drivers would adhere to it.”

Mr Siddle said figures showed there have been five accidents in the past five years on the one-mile stretch where Tim was killed, excluding last Friday’s hit-and-run.

Selena’s call for action has received a lot of support on Facebook after it was posted by the Lincolnshire Free Press on Thursday.