Hampton a horror

A YOUNG boy has a broken leg after being hit by a motorbike at the intersection of Hampton Road and Scott Street — the second accident in six months involving children.

Locals have been complaining about the crossing for years, as it’s heavily used by people getting to the South Freo shops and children going to Beaconsfield primary.

With impatient motorists held up by turning cars, residents say it’s only a matter of time before someone’s killed.

The latest casualty was 10-year-old Oscar Holohan, who suffered a snapped shin bone while making his way home from the shops.

His mother Bridget says the intersection needs pedestrian lights.

• Bridget and Oscar Holohan with South Fremantle residents at the dangerous Hampton Road-Scott Street intersection. Photo supplied

• Bridget and Oscar Holohan with South Fremantle residents at the dangerous Hampton Road-Scott Street intersection. Photo supplied

“In the last five years with the growing population of South Fremantle and Coogee, no changes have been made to infrastructure to accommodate increasing traffic flow as well as an increasing flow of people,” Ms Holohan said.

“It will only be a matter of time before someone will be killed at this crossing — young or old.”

In May, 12-year-old Thomas Stevenson was knocked unconscious, broke a leg, lost some skin off his elbow and injured his shoulder when a driver, waiting behind a car turning into Scott Street, waved him across Hampton Road. Unfortunately for Thomas, the law allows drivers to use the adjacent bus lane to pass turning cars and he stepped in front of a Mercedes.

This week South Fremantle resident Liam Carter created an online petition calling on Main Roads to take action.

At the time of going to print, Mr Carter’s petition (http://www.change.org/p/main-roads-wa-improve-pedestrian-safety-on-hampton-road) had 182 signatures.

Main Roads has said it wants all other options considered before it will think about installing pedestrian lights.

by STEPHEN POLLOCK

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