Floral tributes to Dragon Street crash victim

Friday 29th January 2016 10:53 am
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Flowers and a photograph mark the spot where a woman was killed crossing Dragon Street on Tuesday ()

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FLORAL tributes and a photograph have been attached to the Dragon Street crossing in Petersfield where a woman lost her life this week.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene of Tuesday’s accident, which also involved a lorry at the crossing close to the junction of Petersfield High Street.

The accident occurred around 2.30pm, according to the police, and surrounding streets were cordoned off for around five hours while police investigated the cause of the crash.

No-one has been arrested over the accident, a police spokesman said.

A solitary flower appeared on the High Street side of the crossing on Wednesday, and a bouquet and a picture were attached on the opposite side of the road, outside the Duet shop, on Thursday.

Mystery surrounds the appearance of the picture, which appears to show a middle-aged Hindu woman, and is believed to be the woman who died in the accident.

The police have yet to reveal publicly the victim’s name.

The pedestrian was using the pelican crossing on Dragon Street close to the junction with the High Street when she was in collision with a recycling lorry.

The roads around Petersfield town centre were closed to traffic as medics frantically tried to save the woman’s life but she was declared dead around 3.30pm.

A witness said the accident happened between the Duet shop and the residential Dolphin Court flats.

Dragon Street, St Peter’s Road, The Square and the High Street were closed with traffic diverted along Sussex Road, Heath Road East and Pulens Lane, according to the police.

Concerned parents picking up children at Petersfield Infant School, on St Peter’s Road, and Herne Junior School, off Love Lane, flooded the schools with calls, prompting both schools to issue text messages and e-mails as part of their safety procedure.

Worried parents of children at The Petersfield School were also caught up in the aftermath of the tragedy, with one early rumour suggesting the victim had been a pupil at the Cranford Road school.

Tony Markham, headteacher at Herne Junior School, said: "In all instances the safety of the children in the school has to be paramount. The sad news of an accident that closed part of the town filtered into the school at about 2.50pm, leading to a quick decision to keep the children in the school if they were going to meet their parents or other adults.

"So many parents were telling us that they would be delayed, so rather than sending the children into the streets where it would be uncertain that an adult would be there to meet them, we kept them safe in school and sent a text to all mobile numbers on our data records system.

"Children that indicated that they walked all the way home were allowed to leave, as they would be least affected."

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