“It is just a matter of time whose life will be lost first.” These are the sentiments of Loretta Martin, daughter of Stella Martin (84), who was involved in an accident at the intersection of Woods Road and the Murray Valley Highway in November 2012.FIONA BLICK February 18, 2014 3:51pm
“My mother was travelling on Telford Street (the Murray Valley Highway) when a Toyota Land Cruiser turned right into Woods Road and collided with my mum,” Loretta said.
“Mum’s car was a right off and she suffered a fractured sternum, severe bruising to her chest area, face, knees and legs.
“Thankfully the driver’s side airbag saved her life.”
Loretta said her mother’s physical injuries took approximately six months to heal but “the totally unnecessary ordeal has had a terrible impact on her”.
“She is now very wary when she drives and her knees are still causing her pain,” she said.
“Financially it has set her back; she has had to purchase another vehicle as her insurance didn’t quite cover all her costs.
“So now, at 84 years of age, she is paying of a car loan with her pension.
“I would like to see this dangerous intersection fixed now before someone dies, how many people have to be hurt before the authorities act?
“My family fully supports the campaign being run by Wendy Hargreaves, whose son Austin Sidebottom had a similar accident to my mother’s, to demand a roundabout or traffic lights at this intersection.”
Mrs Martin’s accident was almost 12 months to the day before Austin’s; the Chronicle has reported extensively on this accident and the resulting petition Wendy Hargreaves has organised, campaigning for a roundabout at this intersection.
These petitions can be found in various local businesses including the Visitor Information Centre, Terry White Chemist and the Yarrawonga Library.
Wendy has also sent up an email account firstname.lastname@example.org and a Facebook page ‘Roundabout or traffic lights on Telford Rd’ and she is asking people to write in to either site and voice their concerns about this intersection; she said she would then forward these comments onto authorities including VicRoads and Member for Murray Valley Tim McCurdy.
The sky was the limit when it came to learning about the Royal Flying Doctor Service this week.
Jake Thompson has an eagle eye and a steady hand and he put both to good use recently when he won the U15 Australian Snooker Championships, held in Adelaide.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
SUZANNE’S School of Ballet has once again proved its place in the ballet world with 19 of its 30 exam students blitzing their recent Cecchetti ballet exams in Melbourne.
PLANS are in full swing for the 18th annual Farm and Road Safety Expo in Rochester.
Merrigum’s rise to prominence in the Kyabram District League premiership battle reached new heights in Saturday’s 16th round when it became the first side to lower Avenel’s colours this season.
Local export Willie Wheeler dominating at VFL level
Berrigan Shire councillor Daryll Morris says he has been sickened by some of the vitriol and personal attacks to surface since the council’s proposal to redevelop Finley’s Memorial Hall and School of Arts site was revealed in October last year.
HEATHCOTE is being swamped by Pokémon and wannabe trainers, armed with smart phones and iPads, who are trying to catch ‘em all.
Children have been treated to a journey through their imaginations while being encouraged to unleash their inner writers at Barooga Library.
Sixteen local students competed at the NSW PSSA and CHS State Cross Country Championships in Sydney.
SPC will abolish its internal sales team and reduce executive numbers in the latest chapter of the company’s ongoing restructuring.
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.