A member of the chareidi kehillah in London’s Stamford Hill was knocked down by a car and seriously injured, early on Tuesday morning, in what is reportedly the fourth accident in four days at the same junction.
At around 6:15a.m., police and ambulance services, including Hatzolah and the London Air Ambulance, were called to the junction of two major roads in the area, where the victim, who is in his 40s, had been struck by a car. Although the accident was initially reported as a hit and run, in fact the driver remained on the scene and assisted the police with their inquiries.
The victim was taken to a major trauma center, escorted by the doctor from the Air Ambulance. The kehillah is requested to daven for a refuah sheleimah for Avrohom ben Elle Reize, who is reported to be in a serious but stable condition.
Last Friday night, a 41-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed by a bus at the same junction. According to member of the local council, Councillor Abraham Jacobson, Tuesday was the fourth consecutive day on which there has been a major incident at this junction.
The police closed the area for six hours following the accident, resulting in huge traffic congestion, right across the area.
Transport for London (TfL), which is responsible for London’s roads as well as the public transport system, is currently running a consultation about plans to improve this junction. They acknowledged that it has one of the highest collision rates in the whole borough.
The proposal is designed to make the junction safer for all road users, and includes changing the layout of existing traffic islands, improving pedestrian crossing so that it is easier and quicker for pedestrians to cross the road and creating a safe area for cyclists to wait while crossing the junction.