Family of Mexborough hit-and-run victim backs schools 20mph campaign

Catherine McDermott, whose grandson Kyle was knocked down and killed.
Catherine McDermott, whose grandson Kyle was knocked down and killed.

The family of a Mexborough boy killed in a hit and run is backing a campaign for 20mph speed limits to be imposed outside schools.

The mother and grandmother of seven-year old Kyle McDermott are backing the bid after they revealed motorists are still speeding along the stretch of road where the popular youngster was knocked off his bike nearly seven years ago.

Kyle’s mum Katie has backed the Mayor of Doncaster’s pledge to seek funding to reduce limits outside schools across Mexborough, Conisbrough and Denaby saying she ‘couldn’t support the programme enough’, while Kyle’s gran urged the authority to introduce tougher restrictions in ‘Kyle’s memory.’

They hope that other council across the Dearne would then adopt the lower limits.

Kyle, of Poplar Road, was in Maple Road on his way back from the shops, when he was hit by a white Ford Transit van which failed to stop on September 11, 2006. He suffered multiple injuries and was taken to Sheffield Children’s Hospital, where he later died.

The family successfully lobbied for a 20mph limit in Maple Road after the Mexborough Montagu Junior School pupil’s death, but claim small signs are ignored by parents, taxi and delivery van drivers who still speed along at over 60mph.

Katie, 38, aid: “There is good work going on such as road safety awareness programmes in schools but that won’t stop the mad drivers I see every day.

“We need cameras or speed humps - something that will work better than the tiny signs we have currently.

“We ask people to remember Kyle and push for more to be done.”

Cath 74, added: “I saw a near miss only the other morning when two children ran out without a care.

“It’s the same with schools. Kids race out straight in to the road whatever is coming along it.

“That’s why 20mph limits are needed and we would ask Doncaster Council to do this in Kyle’s memory, and in the hope that other areas may then follow suit.”

Cath worked with road safety charity Brake after Kyle’s death to demand the Government to require councils to impose 20mph zones around schools and homes.

She also spearheaded a campaign that went to Parliament, for stronger sentencing for hit and run drivers. The motorist who hit Kyle was handed five months in jail with a five year driving ban. But three weeks after release he was caught driving and served a further four months.

This week the South Yorkshire Roads Safety Partnership revealed 29 people died on the county’s roads last year, which is fewer than at any time since records began. But serious injuries were the highest since 2009 at 450.

The statistics failed to reassure the McDermotts.

Katie, added: “Figures change year by year but action is needed to prevent accidents before they happen.”