Tragic toll of Black Tuesday on the roads

The A421 was closed for several hours following the death of a cyclist.
The A421 was closed for several hours following the death of a cyclist.

Police have issued road safety warnings after a day of horror saw two people killed in two separate collisions.

The first Black Tuesday victim was a cyclist, who died after a suspected hit and run at 6am on Tuesday.

Sandra Nightingale, of Turvey, was killed in a crash on the A428.

Sandra Nightingale, of Turvey, was killed in a crash on the A428.

Less than 12 hours later 56-year-old Sandra Nightingale died at the scene of a crash involving a car and a 4X4 at Bromham.

The alleged hit and run happened along the A421 between the junctions for the A600 and the A6, while the second tragedy took place along the A428 at Bromham.

In both cases drivers have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

As part of the investigation into the cyclist’s death, a 66-year-old man from Colchester was also arrested on suspicion of failing to stop at the scene of a collision and failing to report an accident.

There has been a total of five fatal collisions and three other accidents causing serious injury in the Bedfordshire area since last Monday.

Insp Bob Turner from the Beds, Cambs and Herts roads policing unit, said: “It has been an incredibly tragic week on the county’s roads and our thoughts are very much with all of those involved in the many collisions.

“It’s vitally important that we all pay attention on the roads, regardless of whether we are driving, cycling or walking, and that we are all mindful of other road users.”

Last Wednesday (September 16), a 22-year-old man died at the scene of an accident in Harlington Road, Toddington, when a car collided with a lorry.

The day before (Tuesday, September 15), a motorcyclist Malcolm Larman, 35, died after being involved in a collision with a car in Langford Road, Biggleswade.

And on Monday, September 14, Mary Rose Brennan, 61, died after being involved in a collision with a lorry in her home town of Dunstable.

Specialist police officers are supporting the families who have tragically lost loved ones.

Police are urging motorists to ensure their vehicle is well maintained and that lights are working, which is especially important now the nights are drawing in.

Motorists are also reminded to leave in good time to avoid the temptation to speed, wear a seatbelt and never use a mobile phone while at the wheel.

If on a night out, stick to soft drinks if driving, and if you’ve been out drinking remember you may still be over the limit in the morning.

Cyclists and pedestrians should wear high visibility clothing when out and about at night and follow the green cross code when crossing roads.

Make sure you understand and follow road signs and always be mindful of other road users.

Police investigations are ongoing and anyone who has information or saw any of these accidents happen are asked to contact Beds Police via the non-emergency number 101.