UPDATE: Pensioner in 'critical condition' after collision outside Aldi in Boscombe

Bournemouth Echo: Christchurch Road in Boscombe closed after crash near Aldi Christchurch Road in Boscombe closed after crash near Aldi

AN ELDERLY woman suffered serious head and shoulder injuries in a crash on a busy Boscombe road.

The 85-year-old pedestrian was crossing Palmerston Road outside Aldi when she was involved in a collision with a black Vauxhall Corsa today.

The car, registered to a man from Bournemouth, had been turning out of the store’s car park just before the crash.

Although the woman’s injuries were initially not thought to be life-threatening, police have now confirmed that she is in a "critical" condition at Poole General Hospital.

Palmerston Road was closed between the Crescent and BP Petrol station for more than an hour, although vehicles were allowed to leave the Aldi car park.

Pedestrians were also allowed to walk along the road.

Dorset Police officers were first called to the scene at 11.43am by ambulance crews, and the road remained closed eastbound until shortly before 2pm.

Boscombe councillor Chris Wakefield, pictured right, said proposals to create a ‘shared space’ environment in the town centre – which would involve altering the pavement, replacing the existing traffic signal-controlled crossing and reducing the traditional signs – could help prevent similar accidents in the future.

“Currently, that part of the road is under consultation for the shared space scheme,” he said.

“Lots of people, including the elderly, routinely cross the road from Aldi to the Royal Arcade. Under the scheme, a controlled crossing would go in along that road and it could make it safer for pedestrians.”

Passer-by Sarah Anderson, of Bournemouth, said she was upset to learn of the collision.

“It’s such a busy road, and there are a lot of pedestrians and cars using it,” she said.

“I hope the lady recovers soon.”

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1:22pm Fri 7 Feb 14

M0Z says...

This is only a few steps from one of the A35 stretches where the council want to remove the railings and pedestrian lights, block pave the road and create an uncontrolled un-prioritised ‘shared’ area for motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and mobility scooters to battle it out. And perhaps a few stumbling drunks and druggies.
This is only a few steps from one of the A35 stretches where the council want to remove the railings and pedestrian lights, block pave the road and create an uncontrolled un-prioritised ‘shared’ area for motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and mobility scooters to battle it out. And perhaps a few stumbling drunks and druggies. M0Z

1:25pm Fri 7 Feb 14

FNS-man says...

I think "Car runs over pensioner" would be a more accurate headline.
I think "Car runs over pensioner" would be a more accurate headline. FNS-man

1:52pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Townee says...

How do the Echo know who owns the car? They seem to put on an accident report the car is registered to ..........,,,
If you or I want this information we wouldn't be able to get it so how do the Echo?
How do the Echo know who owns the car? They seem to put on an accident report the car is registered to ..........,,, If you or I want this information we wouldn't be able to get it so how do the Echo? Townee

2:45pm Fri 7 Feb 14

BoscVegas says...

Townee wrote:
How do the Echo know who owns the car? They seem to put on an accident report the car is registered to ..........,,,
If you or I want this information we wouldn't be able to get it so how do the Echo?
we can get provided have reasonable cause. ‘Reasonable cause’ can include:
finding out who was responsible for an accident
tracing the owner of an abandoned vehicle
issuing parking tickets
tracing people responsible for driving off without paying for goods and services
tracing vehicle owners suspected of insurance fraud

https://www.gov.uk/r
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[quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: How do the Echo know who owns the car? They seem to put on an accident report the car is registered to ..........,,, If you or I want this information we wouldn't be able to get it so how do the Echo?[/p][/quote]we can get provided have reasonable cause. ‘Reasonable cause’ can include: finding out who was responsible for an accident tracing the owner of an abandoned vehicle issuing parking tickets tracing people responsible for driving off without paying for goods and services tracing vehicle owners suspected of insurance fraud https://www.gov.uk/r equest-information-f rom-dvla. BoscVegas

2:46pm Fri 7 Feb 14

whataboutthat says...

Once again those pesky pedestrians seeking out 'crashes' with cars.
Cars crash Katie, people get knocked over, geddit?
Once again those pesky pedestrians seeking out 'crashes' with cars. Cars crash Katie, people get knocked over, geddit? whataboutthat

3:55pm Fri 7 Feb 14

speedy231278 says...

People always seem to cross the road there, usually without looking, rather than use the traffic lights 30 yards down the road!
People always seem to cross the road there, usually without looking, rather than use the traffic lights 30 yards down the road! speedy231278

4:09pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Huey says...

Not suprising really last week I drove down the exact same stretch to see a shoplifter wriggling and writhing in the middle of the road with the security guard from ALDI sitting on top of him and trying to restrain him, all the cars had to drive around them.
You have busses dropping people off on one side, McDonalds lorries delivering burgers on the other, and cars trying to squeeze in between, with more disruption caused by vehicles trying to turn into the busy ALDI car park. Pedestrians it seems cannot bear to walk down to the lights and wait, so they take thier chances with all of the above....
How long before the council do what they sooooo love to do.... and install some more traffic lights.....
Not suprising really last week I drove down the exact same stretch to see a shoplifter wriggling and writhing in the middle of the road with the security guard from ALDI sitting on top of him and trying to restrain him, all the cars had to drive around them. You have busses dropping people off on one side, McDonalds lorries delivering burgers on the other, and cars trying to squeeze in between, with more disruption caused by vehicles trying to turn into the busy ALDI car park. Pedestrians it seems cannot bear to walk down to the lights and wait, so they take thier chances with all of the above.... How long before the council do what they sooooo love to do.... and install some more traffic lights..... Huey

4:26pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Mike_French says...

Townee wrote:
How do the Echo know who owns the car? They seem to put on an accident report the car is registered to ..........,,,
If you or I want this information we wouldn't be able to get it so how do the Echo?
Do you not mean "the reguisterd keeper " as per the article?

I hope that the person makes a quick and full recovery.
[quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: How do the Echo know who owns the car? They seem to put on an accident report the car is registered to ..........,,, If you or I want this information we wouldn't be able to get it so how do the Echo?[/p][/quote]Do you not mean "the reguisterd keeper " as per the article? I hope that the person makes a quick and full recovery. Mike_French

4:31pm Fri 7 Feb 14

O'Reilly says...

Huey wrote:
Not suprising really last week I drove down the exact same stretch to see a shoplifter wriggling and writhing in the middle of the road with the security guard from ALDI sitting on top of him and trying to restrain him, all the cars had to drive around them.
You have busses dropping people off on one side, McDonalds lorries delivering burgers on the other, and cars trying to squeeze in between, with more disruption caused by vehicles trying to turn into the busy ALDI car park. Pedestrians it seems cannot bear to walk down to the lights and wait, so they take thier chances with all of the above....
How long before the council do what they sooooo love to do.... and install some more traffic lights.....
I think it is the crossing over from the bus stop to Aldi that is the most dangerous bit with harebrained motorists speeding in and out of the car park.
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: Not suprising really last week I drove down the exact same stretch to see a shoplifter wriggling and writhing in the middle of the road with the security guard from ALDI sitting on top of him and trying to restrain him, all the cars had to drive around them. You have busses dropping people off on one side, McDonalds lorries delivering burgers on the other, and cars trying to squeeze in between, with more disruption caused by vehicles trying to turn into the busy ALDI car park. Pedestrians it seems cannot bear to walk down to the lights and wait, so they take thier chances with all of the above.... How long before the council do what they sooooo love to do.... and install some more traffic lights.....[/p][/quote]I think it is the crossing over from the bus stop to Aldi that is the most dangerous bit with harebrained motorists speeding in and out of the car park. O'Reilly

4:41pm Fri 7 Feb 14

FNS-man says...

speedy231278 wrote:
People always seem to cross the road there, usually without looking, rather than use the traffic lights 30 yards down the road!
Maybe, but it's the motorists' responsibility to give way to pedestrians. It's in the highway code, which I am sure all motorists read every night before bed.
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: People always seem to cross the road there, usually without looking, rather than use the traffic lights 30 yards down the road![/p][/quote]Maybe, but it's the motorists' responsibility to give way to pedestrians. It's in the highway code, which I am sure all motorists read every night before bed. FNS-man

10:01pm Fri 7 Feb 14

UrbanCrab says...

Cllr Wakefield talks nonsense. How will creating a shared space, is where pedestrians and vehicles share the same space, by removing signage and turning the pavements into road, help prevent this type of accident. The reason there is a controlled pedestrian crossing here is because of similar accidents crossing the road, the reason there is metal barriers and they are warped and dented is because of the many accidents at this bend by MacDonald's, particularly in the winter when its icy. What it may lead to is a car ploughing into people outside MacDonald's. Look at the incident of the ambulance ploughing into the restaurant just 20 seconds from this area.

I hope the woman recovers. This area needs rethinking, but the European idea of shared spaces should not be pioneered at this spot in Boscombe, its far too risky.
Cllr Wakefield talks nonsense. How will creating a shared space, is where pedestrians and vehicles share the same space, by removing signage and turning the pavements into road, help prevent this type of accident. The reason there is a controlled pedestrian crossing here is because of similar accidents crossing the road, the reason there is metal barriers and they are warped and dented is because of the many accidents at this bend by MacDonald's, particularly in the winter when its icy. What it may lead to is a car ploughing into people outside MacDonald's. Look at the incident of the ambulance ploughing into the restaurant just 20 seconds from this area. I hope the woman recovers. This area needs rethinking, but the European idea of shared spaces should not be pioneered at this spot in Boscombe, its far too risky. UrbanCrab

8:02am Sat 8 Feb 14

Lord Spring says...

O'Reilly wrote:
Huey wrote:
Not suprising really last week I drove down the exact same stretch to see a shoplifter wriggling and writhing in the middle of the road with the security guard from ALDI sitting on top of him and trying to restrain him, all the cars had to drive around them.
You have busses dropping people off on one side, McDonalds lorries delivering burgers on the other, and cars trying to squeeze in between, with more disruption caused by vehicles trying to turn into the busy ALDI car park. Pedestrians it seems cannot bear to walk down to the lights and wait, so they take thier chances with all of the above....
How long before the council do what they sooooo love to do.... and install some more traffic lights.....
I think it is the crossing over from the bus stop to Aldi that is the most dangerous bit with harebrained motorists speeding in and out of the car park.
And that is the pavement you are talking about not a road, as that is only an access to ALDI car park much the same an access to a private dwelling across a pavement.
[quote][p][bold]O'Reilly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: Not suprising really last week I drove down the exact same stretch to see a shoplifter wriggling and writhing in the middle of the road with the security guard from ALDI sitting on top of him and trying to restrain him, all the cars had to drive around them. You have busses dropping people off on one side, McDonalds lorries delivering burgers on the other, and cars trying to squeeze in between, with more disruption caused by vehicles trying to turn into the busy ALDI car park. Pedestrians it seems cannot bear to walk down to the lights and wait, so they take thier chances with all of the above.... How long before the council do what they sooooo love to do.... and install some more traffic lights.....[/p][/quote]I think it is the crossing over from the bus stop to Aldi that is the most dangerous bit with harebrained motorists speeding in and out of the car park.[/p][/quote]And that is the pavement you are talking about not a road, as that is only an access to ALDI car park much the same an access to a private dwelling across a pavement. Lord Spring

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