A father’s fight to have road safety measures implemented on the road where his two young children were mown down and left for dead has gathered pace.
Mohammed Saleem Rafique is spearheading the campaign to see safety improvements on Brudenell Road, in Hyde Park, after his children Sabah, 10, and Rayhan, two, were left with serious head injuries after a hit-and-run incident last month.
They were knocked down just yards from their Leeds home and Sabah, who is thought to have shielded her younger brother, remains unconscious in hospital.
Rayhan was released from hospital nearly two weeks ago and has no recollection of the incident.
Local MP Greg Mulholland is supporting their campaign to help make the road, which has thought to have claimed three lives, safer.
Greg said: “I am determined to work with the family and local community on this matter and assist them in ensuring the safety of all using the road.
“I have written to the Highways Department asking them to look into what measures can be taken to make road safer both in terms of traffic and parking.
“This is a busy road and there have been an unacceptable number of accidents on it, there are traffic calming measures in place at present but obviously the systems in place are not effective.”
Aroon Rafique, uncle of Sabah and Rayhan, added: “I am delighted that Mr Mulholland is to work on this campaign with us and help to raise community awareness and promote road safety in our area.
“Brudenell Road is just incredibly busy, quite often we can’t get our own cars out of our own driveways due to others parking and the speed bumps are not high enough to act as a deterrent.
“Three people have already died on the road and my niece and nephew were very nearly killed on it as well.”