Hundreds sign online petition after Sheffield death crash

Sean Salvin
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Heartbroken relatives of a Sheffield man killed in a crash on a flooded Sheffield road are calling for safety improvements to prevent more deaths.

Sean Salvin, aged 20, was driving along Ecclesfield Road, Wooley Wood Bottom, in heavy rain when he lost control of his red Volkswagen Golf and ploughed into a tree.

Sean Salvin

Sean Salvin

An inquest into the death is still to be held, but his family and friends believe Shaun aquaplaned after hitting flood water.

Motorists on the road on the night of the crash - Wednesday, December 30 - claim the road was flooded and suggest that it should have been closed to traffic.

On Sunday morning - four days later - South Yorkshire Police closed the road when more torrential rain caused further flooding.

An online petition, signed by Sean’s family and friends, has now been launched, calling for Sheffield Council to carry out safety improvements and reduce the speed limnit from 60mph to 40mph.

Sean Salvin

Sean Salvin

The petition, which has around 2,000 signatures, says: “Sean was not the first to have lost his life on this road but maybe we can stop this happening again.”

Sean’s sister, Lauren Salvin, said: “I’m signing because my little brother lost his life, aged 20, due to no fault of his own.

“It was really heavy rain and there was no road sign out saying this the road was covered with water. He aquaplaned and span into a tree due to no fault of his own. The drainage on there is terrible.”

Sean’s cousin, Terrie Salvin, said: “My cousin lost his life, not from speeding or reckless driving, from the poor conditions of this road in the bad weather. Something needs to be done before another person loses their life.”

Sophie Pourreza, who was on Ecclesfield Road minutes before the death crash, said: “I drove down this road 10 minutes before this poor lad lost his life and it was treacherous.

“You couldn’t see the water until you were in it.”

Bus driver Brett Hudson said: “I drove this road just before this accident and it was dreadful. I did indeed think at the time there may be an accident.”

Sean’s cousin, Hayley Cutts, said: “Sean was my cousin and was tragically taken from us by the dangers of this road. Although the damage is done and our family and his poor parents and siblings have to pick up the pieces hopefully we can stop any other family grieving a much loved member of their family, as Sean was to us.

A Sheffield Council spokesman said: “Our thoughts are with Mr Salvin’s family at this very sad time. It would be inappropriate to comment further on the cause of this tragic collision prior to an inquest taking place, and while the police investigation is underway.”