Pedestrian ‘sent flying as car pulled out of driveway'

'If someone is reversing out, they would have no visibility of pedestrians at all'

Friday, 29th April — By Isabelle Stanley

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Tabassum Ahmed worries more people will be hurt

A WOMAN who was hit by a reversing car on a public footpath has told how she will be unable to walk for six weeks.

Tabassum Ahmad said she now wanted to warn others about what she felt was an “accident waiting to happen” in West Heath Avenue, Hampstead.

“I went flying and was thrown into the road. I was fully conscious, lying there holding my head,” she said. “I was rushed to the Royal Free and I couldn’t walk at all – they rushed me into the trauma unit, put my head and neck in a brace so I couldn’t move, and did X-rays.” Police confirmed they are investigating the circumstances of the incident last month.

Ms Ahmad is missing out on badminton

Ms Ahmad said the collision happened as she was walking home from a Sunday lunch down West Heath Avenue with a friend when a motorist reversed out of a driveway. “I feel my life has been majorly affected and it could have been much worse – they said it will be six weeks till I’m walking, 12 weeks till I can play badminton,” she said.

Ms Ahmad has now warned that the pave­ment, which is lined with high walls and gates, often with no mirrors, means the visibility is very low, putting pedestrians at risk.

She said: “It’s a very narrow pavement and there are very high walls. The house [that the car pulled out from] has a 5.5ft wall and gate. If someone is reversing out, they would have no visibility of pedestrians at all. It’s worrying.”

Aside from her own fears, she worries what could happen to other road users.

She said: “It’s a road that leads to a park. There’s a retirement complex opposite, there are children, elderly people. “It needs to be made more safe.”

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