Protest march offers hope for High Street safety

The family of a Kings Heath schoolgirl who was killed in a town centre traffic accident, will take place in a road safety rally this weekend.

Thirteen year old Queensbridge pupil Hope Fennell was hit by a lorry as she crossed the High Street by Asda last November.

Saturday's event in her memory will start with a rally in Highbury Park, followed by a protest march to the scene of the accident and a gathering at Kings Heath Village Square.

A leaflet and website produced by her family speaks on behalf of the tragic teenager: "My name is Hope. I was hit by a lorry on Kings Heath High Street and Killed on 7th November 2011.

"I loved my life. Please support my campaign to make the high street safer. If an accident is prevented and a life saved I would not have died in vain."

The march will start from 10.30am at Higbury Park on Saturday 15 September.

Link to the 'Live in Hope' website

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See below for how we reported on the incident that claimed the life of Hope Fennell

Sister's call for campaign to tackle road safety in Kings Heath town centre

Published: 8th January 2012 13:09

The sister of Hope Fennell, the Queensbridge pupil killed on Kings Heath High Street last year, has appealed for local people to back a campaign to improve road safety.

Thirteen year old Hope was killed in an accident last November when she was hit by a lorry on the High Street outside Asda. Her family will talk about the circumstances surrounding the incident at a meeting of Kings Heath Residents Forum on Tuesday evening.

In a special message to AboutMyArea Hope's 23 year old sister Melody, an account executive from Moseley, called for support from local people.

"My beloved sister was tragically killed. My family and I are now working towards improving road safety on Kings Heath High Street," she said.

Hope Fennell was one of four children. She also had a 16 year old sister, Paris, who is at St George's school and a 15 year old brother, Leo, who is at Ninestiles.

They will join a discussion about ways the community can work towards improving the safety of pedestrians and cyclists on the High Street. The meeting is at Kings Heath Community Centre, Heathfield Road at 7.45 pm on Tuesday.


Young girl's death in lorry collision is the latest A435 tragedy to hit Kings Heath and Moseley

Published: 7th November 2011 19:47

High Street lorry - stock shot

The death of a thirteen year old in collision with a lorry in Kings Heath High Street is the latest tragedy caused by traffic through the busy local shopping areas.

Three times in four years local people have lost their lives under the wheels of heavy lorries passing through Kings Heath and Moseley High Street.

Almost two years ago exactly (9 November 2009) an elderly lady died when she was hit by a lorry at Moseley Village crossroads.

And in October 2008 the A435 Alcester Road was described as a floral trail of danger after a double tragedy cost the lives of a popular local schoolgirl and an elderly shopper outside Sainsbury's.




Schoolgirl dies in Kings Heath High Street collision

Published: 7th November 2011 18:47

West Midlands ambulance (stock shot)Police have confirmed that a teenage schoolgirl was the victim of a fatal crash in Kings Heath High Street this evening.

The girl, who has been named locally as year eight Queensbridge pupil Hope Fennell, was on her bike when she was hit by a lorry. Police are appealing for witnesses.

The accident happened between by the pelican crossing between Asda and InShops at around 5pm and caused gridlock for commuters on many surrounding roads.  The High Street was closed for some time while police carred out an investigation into the accident.

The young girl suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after the incident.  The lorry driver stopped at the scene and was helping police with their enquiries.

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