Father of 20-year-old man killed in accident on Branch Bank, Littleport, brands lack of action on road as ‘ridiculous’
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The father of a man killed near Littleport has slammed the county council for not carrying out improvements to the road.
Jahmel Grant, from Strood, Kent, was killed on June 2 when the BMW he was travelling in collided with another vehicle along Branch Bank, which connects Littleport with Queen Adelaide.
Residents have criticised the layout of the road, and Jahmel’s father, Mel, is the latest to call for improvements.
“It’s absolutely ridiculous that they have the road like that,” the 55-year-old said.
“My brother and I went down the road last week in a brand new Jaguar and we were travelling at about 40 miles per hour and were all over the place.
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“I think it’s disgusting that they haven’t done anything about it.”
Mr Grant visited the area to lay flowers in tribute to his son, who he says was in Cambridgeshire visiting a friend who had moved to Cambridge from London recently.
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The accident is one of a number that have occurred along the road in recent weeks – the most recent coming on June 13 – and Mr Grant believes the number will increase if speed limits or cameras are not put in place.
He said: “I was looking online and found that there were six crashes in a two week period.
“There must be something done. When you drive down the road there’s no sign of any speed limits or anything like that.
“There needs to be a speed limit put in place and speed cameras. People always slow down when they see signs for cameras, but if they can’t put them in then they should put speed humps or something similar, because cars are travelling way too fast along that road.
“For them to leave the road like that and do nothing about it is ridiculous, and I’ll do everything I can to make sure that something is done about it.”
When questioned on the spate of accidents along Branch Bank, a Cambridgeshire County Council spokesman said: “We have installed measures to warn drivers of the bends and encouraging them to drive to the conditions, including new chevrons.
“The council has also investigated claims of trees dropping sap or leaves. There are trees on private land which cast a shadow on the road. We believe this means that these overshadowed sections of roads may dry more slowly than other parts, resulting in some areas being wet.
“However, road safety is one of our main priorities and we continue to monitor the situation.”
Tributes have been paid to Jahmel, who has a young son, on social media, with one user posting: “RIP Jahmel Grant. Still can’t believe you’re gone. It’s just bugging me; you just left. I miss you so much but you’re in a better place now. You best be waiting on me because we’re going to pick up where we left off.”
A ‘GoFundMe’ page has been created since his death, with £637 having been raised so far to help ‘lay him to rest in the best way possible.’
Note: The 43 year-old driver of the BMW walked into Parkside Police Station, Cambridge, 24 hours after the fatal crash at Branch Bank, Littleport.
The man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop at an accident. He was released on bail to return to Parkside Police Station on August 23.