Mum-of-three hit by car on ‘dangerous’ crossing

Anita Johnson was injured after being hit by a car as she was using the zebra crossing on Churwell Hill. (AB015b0116)
Anita Johnson was injured after being hit by a car as she was using the zebra crossing on Churwell Hill. (AB015b0116)
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A mum-of-three was left battered and bruised and in need of stitches to her head after being hit by a car that didn’t stop on a zebra crossing in Churwell.

Anita Johnson, of Rooms Lane, had just left the Nelson Arms, where she works, on Churwell Hill at around 7.30pm on Saturday, January 9, when she was hit by a car.

She said: “The car didn’t stop and wait for me to cross - and just hit me.

“An ambulance was called and the paramedics thought I had broken my arm and leg to begin with.

“Luckily I just needed stitches in my head and I’m bruised black and blue.

“But it could have been a lot worse. I’m lucky not to have broken anything.”

Anita, 47, said that it’s not the first time accidents have happened on the crossing.

She said: “Some cars do stop, but there are others that just keep on going - there’s been times where one car has gone into the back of others because they didn’t stop.

“People have been hit before - four or five people.

“It’s just off of a mini-roundabout at the junction and I don’t think people realise there’s a crossing there so close.

“There’s many people who use that crossing think that something should be done.

“I don’t know if it could be moved further down, a different kind of crossing be put there, or it be made more visible that there is actually a crossing there.

“I don’t know what could be done, but something really needs to change before somebody gets badly hurt - or even worse.”