A petition calling for a new footbridge over the A23 after a pedestrian died in a collision will be considered by West Sussex County Council.
More than 1,000 people backed the call after Robert Sims, 30, of Crawley, was struck by a car near the K2 leisure centre on Friday (April 29).
Leonie Markwick, who started the e-petition (http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/petition-for-a-pedestrian-bridge-over-a23-near-k2) on ipetitions.com, has asked the company to close it for her to formally submit it to the county council.
It calls on West Sussex County Council to create a footbridge over the A23 between the K2 and the checkatrade.com stadium.
Leonie Marwick wrote: “I started this petition because this road has been a danger since the checkatrade stadium was initially built and K2 being built. Yes, there are a set of pedestrian lights by the road entrance to K2, but that’s not enough!
“There needs to be a footbridge because women and kids will not feel safe using underpasses, especially with the number of sexual assaults which have recently happened in the town.
“This area is abundantly a family oriented area as there’s a school, a leisure complex and a football stadium in direct vicinity of the road.
“It’s a tragedy for the families of the people who have died on this road that family clearly wasn’t in mind when it comes to road safety.
She added: “50mph is far too fast.
“The speed should be reduced as well as creating a safe crossing.”
Emergency services, including the air ambulance, were called at 3.13pm after Mr Sims was in collision with a dark coloured hatchback, said police.
Dan Jenkins, who signed the petition, wrote: “A son, a brother, an uncle and a true friend that touched so many lives has now been taken from us all.
“I and my family have just lost a close friend unnecessary, and we are truly crushed.
“Our lives will never be the same, and it should not take a tragedy such as this, which is by no means the first, for the council to realise that something needs to be done.
“In his memory, I personally will be doing all that I can to ensure that another family does not have to be put through this devastating ordeal, and in his memory, this issue is finally addressed.”
A council spokesman said: “We will consider it in due course.
“We are working with the police on their investigation into the cause of the tragedy.
“We await the outcome of that investigation.”
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