“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.
Neighbourhood Watch Week will start with a sizzle — a sausage sizzle to be precise — at Sevens Creek Dve in Kialla.
Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) and other emergency services are preparing for the next round of wild weather in the north-east.
It was clear blue skies last Tuesday for the official launch of the Gargarro (pronounced Ga-gar-ro) Botanic Gardens in Girgarre.
SNAKES will be coming out of hiding as the weather warms up.
KATH Bubb has been recognised for 50 years of service with the Ballendella Red Cross.
IT EXPERTISE in Kyabram has received recognition after Advance Computing won a Microsoft Australia Partner Award in the excellence in regional area customer category.
Seymour A and B-grade in season decider
Extensive rainfall in the Southern Riverina is having a negative impact on farming.
McIvor Creek – in and around Heathcote – has gone over its banks with all our recent rain, flooding streets and causing closures and detours.
Yarroweyah's Katie Anderson will be heading to Wisconsin in the United States after winning the Dairy Youth Travel Scholarship.
After a 30-year career as an accountant in Deniliquin, Peter Skipworth officially retires today.
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