A Northwood dad who has been concerned about speeding on his road for some time had a shock last month when his daughter spotted an overturned car near their house.
Pankaj Anand lives on Westbury Road, Northwood, with his young family; his daughters are aged 10, seven and two.
The family were preparing to go for a bike ride at around 5pm on May 13 when one of Pankaj’s daughters, who was on their drive before the rest of the family left the house, said: “There’s an upside down car on the road.”
Pankaj explained: “I came out and ran over to the car – luckily, the driver escaped with just a minor wound on his arm – it was bleeding but seemed to be superficial.
“The driver said that a car coming from the other side of the road had been speeding toward him, so he went to slam his breaks but in the heat of the moment, accidentally accelerated. He went into a tree and flipped over.
“The other car had driven off by the time we came out. It’s very lucky no pedestrians were around at that point.”
While Met Police and an ambulance attended the scene, they were unable to confirm to NORTHWOOD&RUISLIPnews that the incident was speeding related.
Pankaj said that speeding is, however, a major concern on Westbury Road, and has been for some time.
He added: “We’ve lived here for four years and it has always been a problem – Westbury, which has a lot of young families living in it, is a cut-through road from Batchworth to Watford Road, and cars really speed down it. This isn’t the first incident that’s happened here in recent years.
“There are no signs saying it’s 30mph; there is one of the ‘smiley face’ speed signs there, but it doesn’t do much to stop people. We’ve spoken to the Batchworth Community Council and Three Rivers District Council, but nothing has been done yet. We’re really hoping things change soon.”