Pedestrians risking lives at roundabout

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People are dicing with death by crossing over a busy town roundabout.

Northamptonshire Police have issued the warning after officers admitted they are concerned about people crossing the roundabout that links Northfield Avenue, Lower Street and Rothwell Road in Kettering.

On Wednesday at about 11am, a 34-year-old woman was hit by a Ford Mondeo car as she crossed directly over the roundabout.

PC James Condon, who is understood to have spotted another person crossing the roundabout yesterday morning, said: “The woman suffered a slight head injury but this could have been worse.

“This is a very busy roundabout and people are putting their lives in danger by crossing directly over it. There are four separate pedestrian crossings for the public to use at each of the junctions off the roundabout, and taking a few extra minutes to use them could save lives.”

The roundabout tends to be a busy part of Northfield Avenue, as it links the town centre and Kettering General Hospital.

In January 2010, 79-year-old Maria Giacobbe died after being hit by a seven-tonne truck when she walked on to the roundabout instead of on the pavement, as it was icy.

Paul Millen, driving instructor at PSM Driving School in Pytchley, regularly drives on the roundabout while teaching pupils.

He said: “I’ve seen people actually walking across the roundabout.

“It’s unbelievable really.

“It’s dangerous for them but it’s also dangerous for motorists as you’re expecting them to walk out in front of you so it may cause you to break unnecessarily. I’m seeing it more and more at the moment.

“Only the other day someone crossed right in front of one of my learner drivers and then shouted at me when the learner beeped the horn.

“I’ve also seen a lot of people on the wrong side of the barrier at that roundabout about to cross the road.

“It’s surprising to see how much they do it.

“I’ve also seen someone else running around a major roundabout while they were on a jog.”

Other pedestrians who regularly walk in that area have spotted people going over the roundabout as opposed to using the pedestrian crossings.

Lori Richards, of St Crispin Close, Burton Latimer, said: “I see people from time to time walk over the roundabout.

“I think it’s purely down to quickness and laziness but it’s so silly to do that.

“It happens a lot with other roundabouts in the town too.”

Jenny Potter, of Rectory Hill, Cranford, said: “It’s very stupid that people are going across the roundabout.

“It gets busy down there and I can’t believe people would put themselves in a situation where they could get hit.”

Witnesses to Wednesday’s incident, should call police on 101.