Thursday 13 October 2011 8.36am
On Monday afternoon there was a tragic accident on the A13 in Westcliff. A mother was crossing the road with her two children and the eldest, a six year-old boy, was hit by a motorbike and died. She was crossing at a spot about a hundred yards or so equidistant to two controlled pedestrian crossings. If she'd had a premonition of what was about to happen, I'm sure she would have happily walked that hundred yards, barefoot over broken glass, rather than suffer the nightmare that was about to befall her family. The news has been all over the local radio and the local papers. It has been on placards outside every newsagent's/corner shop and there are police notices all along that stretch of the A13 appealing for witnesses. Only someone who's had their head up their backside for the last four days could be unaware of this tragedy. This morning, when driving along a similar stretch of the A13, only a few hundred yards from where the accident occurred, there was a young mother standing in the middle of the road with one child in a buggy and another, about four years old, holding the handle. She had obviously got halfway and was waiting for another gap in the traffic to continue crossing. All the time cars, vans, lorries etc., were whizzing past her at 30 mph. There is a controlled pedestrian crossing about 75 yards from where she was standing.
While the animal kingdom has been blessed with a self- preservation streak, we humans seem to have been cursed with a, 'It can't happen to me,' mentality.