Northern Ireland

Death of pedestrian provokes appeal for traffic calming

There have been calls for traffic calming following the death of a woman hit by a car in the Bogside area of Londonderry on Saturday.

Patricia Duffy, from Lisfannon Park was hit by a car close to the junction of Westland Street and Rossville Street, at about 1030 GMT.

She was taken to hospital but later died from her injuries.

The Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum said there was a need for an urgent review of pedestrian safety.

Tony Doherty, from the Forum, said, "the tragic death of Pat Duffy is the latest in a number of fatalities and serious injuries that have occurred at these crossings.

"They are simply not safe for pedestrians trying to cross two dual carriageways."

He said the crossings should be controlled by traffic lights.

Patricia Duffy's daughter, Maria Harkin, said she took comfort from the thought that her mother had been returning from Mass when she was hit.

"She was our rock," she said. "She lived for our family. She was my best friend."

Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the crash to contact them at Strand Road on 0845 600 8000.