Two OAPs die in grim end to year

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Two people from Spalding, both aged in their 80s, have died after separate road crashes on roads in Lincolnshire before the start of 2015.

An 83-year-old man was killed after a silver Peugeot 206 he was driving collided with a white Ford Fiesta on the B1397 Spalding Road, Sutterton, at about 1.40pm on New Year’s Eve last Wednesday.

The man, who hasn’t yet been named, was airlifted to Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, suffering from multiple injuries but died in hospital on Friday.

No other serious injuries were reported, according to PC Andy Donnelly of Lincolnshire Police who is investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.

Meanwhile, an 87-year-old woman died after the Renault Clio she was a passenger in came off the A17 in Fulbeck, between Sleaford and Newark-on-Trent, at about 12.25pm on Saturday, December 27.

The woman was also taken to Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, where her condition worsened and she died on Friday morning.

A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said the woman’s 84-year-old husband, who was driving the Renault, suffered “less serious injuries” and was discharged from hospital.

The woman’s name won’t be released until her family has been informed.

Both accidents came after a 59-year-old man from Long Sutton was critically injured when the electric wheelchair he was in collided with a car in London Road, Long Sutton, just after 10.30am on Christmas Eve.

Just like the other two casualties, the man was taken to Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham where he remains in a critical but stable condition while medical staff have him under sedation.

Figures from Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership (LRSP) have revealed that 42 people have died in accidents on roads in Lincolnshire during 2014, compared to 36 in 2013 which was the lowest on record.

Of people aged 65 and over, there were 14 deaths last year, compared to 11 in 2013.

In contrast up to November 30, 2014, 313 people had been seriously injured on Lincolnshire’s road, compared to 355 for the same period in 2013.

During 2014, LRSP’s priorities for road safety services centred on young drivers aged 17 to 24, car drivers in general, pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicycle riders.

A Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Needs Assessment report, published in May 2014 by Lincolnshire County Council and Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust to assess the health and wellbeing of people in the county, claimed the state of Lincolnshire’s roads was a factor in the number of recorded accidents.

An extract from the report stated: “The condition of the highway network is both a local and national issue.

“The risk of road traffic collisions can increase on poor road surfaces and Lincolnshire’s carriageways are currently showing signs of significant distress.

“LRSP’s Forward Strategy for road safety continues to commit the partnership to be intelligence-led and to focus on the four ‘Es’ of evaluation,

education, engineering and

enforcement.

“These will include educational and driver training programmes, a countywide programme of local engineering safety schemes and supporting police enforcement.”