Sheffield family want action after road tragedy

Safety call: Friends and family of Jan Westney, including nephew Sam O'Maison, right, gather at the crash site.           PICTURE: BARRY RICHARDSON
Safety call: Friends and family of Jan Westney, including nephew Sam O'Maison, right, gather at the crash site. PICTURE: BARRY RICHARDSON
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GRIEVING relatives of a Sheffield woman killed in a road accident have called for road safety measures to prevent a repeat of the tragedy.

Jan Westney, aged 53, died after being hit by a green Toyota Yaris car which mounted the pavement on Tyler Street, Wincobank, and knocked her 15ft down a railway embankment.

It happened as Jan was walking to work at Meadowhall shopping centre.

She had set out early to go for a coffee and breakfast before she was due to start her shift at Primark.

Her death has sparked protests calling for safety improvements on the street.

Hundreds of people gathered for a protest at the site last week and 1,100 people have signed an online petition calling for action to tackle speeding drivers and the installation of barriers to prevent people being knocked down the hillside.

Jan’s funeral was being held today at Shiregreen Church.

Nephew Sam O’Maison, aged 21, speaking on behalf of Jan’s family, said: “She was a caring and dedicated family woman.”

Sam, a professional boxer, said he and fellow family members believe Jan may have survived had there not been a delay in paramedics reaching her because she was trapped on the embankment - it took firefighters 30 minutes to bring her up to the road before treatment could begin.

He said: “My aunt had suffered chest injuries and it is believed a heart attack. Had there been something to stop her going down the embankment, you wonder whether her life could have been saved through quicker treatment.

“There needs to be a speed camera or flashing speed indicator device to slow traffic down and a wall or fence between the pavement and embankment otherwise another tragedy could happen.”

Jan, who lived in Wincobank with her partner of 20 years Mark Lincoln, had four sons - Lee, 32, 26-year-old Tony, Joe, 24, and 19-year-old Jack - and a granddaughter Mia, aged two.

Police have appealed for witnesses to the crash, which happened on Wednesday, July 4, at about 7.20am.

n A 49-year-old Sheffield woman has been arrested and bailed on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call police on 101.