Tragic Leeds teen’s dad had raised concerns about road safety

Floral tributes at the scene.
Floral tributes at the scene.

The father of a Pool-in-Wharfedale teenager who died in a road accident a few minutes’ walk from her home had previously raised concerns about speeding in the village and called for road safety measures to be placed.

Kate Whalley, who was 18, died on Saturday after a collision with a black Ford Fiesta ST on the A660 Leeds Road, near to the junction with Old Pool Bank, at about 4.40pm on Thursday.

Kate Whalley.

Kate Whalley.

West Yorkshire Police has said that the collision is the subject of an ongoing investigation which will fully examine the circumstances.

Miss Whalley’s father Michael told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he was at a village parish council meeting around a year ago which was attended by a Leeds City Council highways member and police.

Mr Whalley, 54, said: “At that meeting I said to them can we have some traffic calming measures because the traffic is going too quickly and no-one seems to abide by the 40mph limit?

“We have to reduce it to 30mph with speed calming measures such as speed cameras.”

Mr Whalley also suggested that a “please drive carefully” sign be put up.

However none of the measures were placed.

Campaigner Pat McLoughlin, of Old Pool Bank, said that residents have been trying for around two years to get speed cameras and restrictions in the area.

Police said that regular speed-check operations and speed surveys, the installation of “speed indication displays” and other safety improvements have been carried out in the area for a number of years.

A council spokesman said: “Leeds City Council would like to offer its deepest condolences to Mr Whalley and all of Kate’s family and friends for their tragic loss. Leeds City Council officers have met with local residents and councillors on several occasions in recent years to discuss a range of highways issues in Pool village, including the junction of the A660 and Old Pool Bank Road.

“There have only been two recorded injury incidents in the last 10 years at this location, both of which were due to driver error.”

The driver of the Fiesta, a 22-year-old man from Harrogate, was arrested and released pending further enquiries.

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