HOW MANY MUST DIE ON A338?

Bournemouth Echo: GRIEF: Nick and Carol Jeal on their wedding day just two months ago. Carol was killed earlier this month in this accident on the A338 GRIEF: Nick and Carol Jeal on their wedding day just two months ago. Carol was killed earlier this month in this accident on the A338

A WIDOWER has called for urgent improvements to be made to a major road where his wife lost her life in a head-on crash – just two months after their dream Caribbean wedding.

Nick and Carol Jeal, of Ringwood, decided to tie the knot on the tropical island paradise of the Dominican Republic after being together for nearly 20 years.

But eleven days ago, 50-year-old supermarket worker Mrs Jeal was killed on the A338 just south of the Downton traffic lights on her way home from work in Salisbury.

Heartbroken Mr Jeal, 54, told the Daily Echo: “I believe Carol was the fifth person this year to die on that road. How many more people are going to have to die before something is done about it?

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“The road is full of potholes and bends. It’s not wide enough and is not suitable for the amount of heavy goods lorries that go up and down it.”

Mrs Jeal will be dressed in her wedding outfit for her funeral in Salisbury Crematorium at 1.30pm on Thursday. Her ashes are to be buried in the churchyard opposite the home of her parents, Nigel and Sylvia Laws, in Netherhampton, Wiltshire.

“I had been asking her to get married for years, but she was happy as she was,” recalled Mr Jeal, a night manager at Tesco in Blandford. “We went to book a holiday and while we were in the travel agent’s, I asked about wedding packages.

“I’m grateful that she said yes. I expected to go before she did. I wanted everything settled and to know that she would be looked after if anything happened to me.

“We kept it quiet and didn’t even tell her parents. She didn’t want any fuss. It was lovely. We got married in a pagoda in the grounds of the hotel.”

Mrs Jeal was born at Milton Abbas in Dorset, where her father was working on a farm. The family moved to Wiltshire when Mr Laws took a job with the Pembroke Estate. She is survived by her two younger sisters, Nina and Dawn.

Although she trained as a hairdresser, Mrs Jeal had been working at Tesco in Salisbury for nearly 30 years and met her future husband there. The couple got engaged after two months and had lived together in Ringwood ever since.

“We didn’t argue or fight. We were very well-suited. We liked going out for meals and travelling – we were due to go back to Mexico next year for our first anniversary,” said Mr Jeal.

He heard there had been an accident while he was on his way home from work. “I got home and her car wasn’t here. I knew then that she had been involved. A neighbour said the police had been looking for me.

“I got in my car and managed to talk the police into letting me through. I identified her at the scene. I’m not sorry I saw her, but it’s an image I will never forget.”

An inquest into Mrs Jeal’s death has been opened and adjourned at Salisbury. The driver of the other car, a BMW saloon, is still in hospital.

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8:46am Tue 18 Nov 08

Bournemouthstorm says...

Average speed speed cameras would help reduce the accidents. Traffic police and some investment in the road is what is really required.
Average speed speed cameras would help reduce the accidents. Traffic police and some investment in the road is what is really required. Bournemouthstorm

9:29am Tue 18 Nov 08

john_the_idiot says...

I am sorry for anyone's loss, I hope their pain eases.

But, the main issue on this road is the people that drive it. Ok so these people would not crash head on in most cases if they were not trying to overtake due to frustration but if you take a risk you risk your life, and those others on the road.

The place this accident happeded was a fairly straight bit of road so lets wait and see what the cause is but I would have thought it was not due to the road or overtaking but just an accident
I am sorry for anyone's loss, I hope their pain eases. But, the main issue on this road is the people that drive it. Ok so these people would not crash head on in most cases if they were not trying to overtake due to frustration but if you take a risk you risk your life, and those others on the road. The place this accident happeded was a fairly straight bit of road so lets wait and see what the cause is but I would have thought it was not due to the road or overtaking but just an accident john_the_idiot

10:47am Tue 18 Nov 08

oneshortleg says...

Whilst it is tragic and my sympathy is with anyone suffering a loss like this the main cause of road accidents is driver error. Roads are not dangerous, it is the way people drive. If we all took our time and drove better less accidents would happen. We need to make driving tests harder to include motorway driving and driving at night as well driving in all conditions. My father told me when I passed my test "It does not matter how a good a driver you are its all the other idiots on the road you need to watch"!
Whilst it is tragic and my sympathy is with anyone suffering a loss like this the main cause of road accidents is driver error. Roads are not dangerous, it is the way people drive. If we all took our time and drove better less accidents would happen. We need to make driving tests harder to include motorway driving and driving at night as well driving in all conditions. My father told me when I passed my test "It does not matter how a good a driver you are its all the other idiots on the road you need to watch"! oneshortleg

11:47am Tue 18 Nov 08

Tripod says...

Untill last year I used the A338 every day; much of the road has double white lines and speed limits (for obvious reasons) the problem seems to be that a significant number of drivers who ignore both.
Untill last year I used the A338 every day; much of the road has double white lines and speed limits (for obvious reasons) the problem seems to be that a significant number of drivers who ignore both. Tripod

12:16pm Tue 18 Nov 08

PokesdownMark says...

I like the use of the map showing where the accidents happen. Would be useful to know the underlying causes so we could learn how to avoid similar accidents.

I like the use of the map showing where the accidents happen. Would be useful to know the underlying causes so we could learn how to avoid similar accidents. PokesdownMark

12:25pm Tue 18 Nov 08

Sam Shepherd says...

Thanks for your feedback, Mark, we'll update the map to include causes where we can.
Thanks for your feedback, Mark, we'll update the map to include causes where we can. Sam Shepherd

12:29pm Tue 18 Nov 08

ciderscott says...

Sorry above, but these accidents would have likely never occurred if this road had been upgraded years ago. Yes, poor driving and excessive speed kill, but good engineering solutions to what are not much more than tarmac on old coach and horse tracks is not safe. Spend some money now...sorry environmentalists but human lives do matter!!
Sorry above, but these accidents would have likely never occurred if this road had been upgraded years ago. Yes, poor driving and excessive speed kill, but good engineering solutions to what are not much more than tarmac on old coach and horse tracks is not safe. Spend some money now...sorry environmentalists but human lives do matter!! ciderscott

12:47pm Tue 18 Nov 08

djd says...

As so many of yuor contributors say, it's not the road or car that causes accidents- it is the people who drive who cause the accidents.
Drivers need to take account of road and traffic conditions and this presumption nowadays that getting to their desitination in the shortest time is paramount over everything else has to change.
I don't know what the answer is but until driver's attitudes change, this carnage will continue on our roads
As so many of yuor contributors say, it's not the road or car that causes accidents- it is the people who drive who cause the accidents. Drivers need to take account of road and traffic conditions and this presumption nowadays that getting to their desitination in the shortest time is paramount over everything else has to change. I don't know what the answer is but until driver's attitudes change, this carnage will continue on our roads djd

1:37pm Tue 18 Nov 08

headhunter says...

How many people speed? honest answers please. how many speed in speed camers areas? yes none of us...maybe a few more speed cameras put up could save more lives.
How many people speed? honest answers please. how many speed in speed camers areas? yes none of us...maybe a few more speed cameras put up could save more lives. headhunter

1:53pm Tue 18 Nov 08

JoJay says...

djd wrote:
As so many of yuor contributors say, it's not the road or car that causes accidents- it is the people who drive who cause the accidents. Drivers need to take account of road and traffic conditions and this presumption nowadays that getting to their desitination in the shortest time is paramount over everything else has to change. I don't know what the answer is but until driver's attitudes change, this carnage will continue on our roads
I just agree whole heartedly with this. There is a lack of respect on our roads just the need for so many people to be first or prove how fast their car is regardless of who they put at risk. Everyone around us on the road is someone's relative and their lives mean something to someone.
[quote][p][bold]djd[/bold] wrote: As so many of yuor contributors say, it's not the road or car that causes accidents- it is the people who drive who cause the accidents. Drivers need to take account of road and traffic conditions and this presumption nowadays that getting to their desitination in the shortest time is paramount over everything else has to change. I don't know what the answer is but until driver's attitudes change, this carnage will continue on our roads[/p][/quote]I just agree whole heartedly with this. There is a lack of respect on our roads just the need for so many people to be first or prove how fast their car is regardless of who they put at risk. Everyone around us on the road is someone's relative and their lives mean something to someone. JoJay

2:06pm Tue 18 Nov 08

Bob49 says...

It is the drivers at fault - count how many accidents there are on the road when drivers are absent. Count how many of these accidents involve people unfamiliar with the road, very very few.
It is the drivers at fault - count how many accidents there are on the road when drivers are absent. Count how many of these accidents involve people unfamiliar with the road, very very few. Bob49

5:13pm Tue 18 Nov 08

paul.p says...

That road is dangerous whether you're doing the speed limit or not. This road wasn't built for today's Traffic volume. It's more like a B road than an A road it's so far out of date.

Turn it into a Toll road to pay for the upgrade. Why are we so slow to do anything about this problem?

That road is dangerous whether you're doing the speed limit or not. This road wasn't built for today's Traffic volume. It's more like a B road than an A road it's so far out of date. Turn it into a Toll road to pay for the upgrade. Why are we so slow to do anything about this problem? paul.p
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