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Luton family of bus death girl funds road safety survey

Scene of accident on Dunstable Road, Luton
Image caption Tributes to the three-year-old girl were left near the place where she died

The family of a three-year-old girl run over and killed in Luton has raised over £3,000 for an independent safety survey of the road where she died.

Mayah Shazad was hit by a bus on Dunstable Road in Bury Park on 8 August last year during a family day out.

Police said it was a tragic accident and they do not believe the layout of the road was a contributory factor.

The girl's family believes the road is unsafe and has criticised the police investigation.

Mayah's mother Shazia Imtiaz said: "The layout of Bury Park is so dangerous. It has to be made safer."

Image copyright Shazia Imtiaz
Image caption Mayah Shazad was knocked down and killed by a bus in Luton

What happened is disputed but Bedfordshire Police said its investigation found it was a '"tragic accident" and no offences were identified against anyone involved in the collision.

Accident reduction

Ms Imtiaz said the decision not to prosecute the bus driver was never explained to the family.

"My six-year-old cries all the time for her sister but I don't have any answers to give her," she said.

An inquest into Mayah's death is expected to take place next month.

Police said it would be inappropriate to comment further, but the force has offered to meet the family to discuss its findings.

Ms Imtiaz hopes the independent report, expected at the end of March, highlights the safety concerns they have.

Image caption Mayah's mother Shazia Imtiaz believes Dunstable Road in Bury park is dangerous

"There's nowhere safe to cross in Bury Park. Where are people supposed to cross from?"

Luton Borough Council said its thoughts remained with the family and it welcomed all feedback.

Figures show there has been a significant reduction in accidents on Dunstable Road since the current layout was introduced in 2006, the council said.

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