Bervie road fatality prompts safety calls

James Lyall (82) was killed as he crossed the road.
James Lyall (82) was killed as he crossed the road.

A tragic accident in Inverbervie, resulting in the death of an 82-year-old man, has prompted fresh calls for increased road safety measures.

Residents of the Royal Burgh were left shocked and saddened by the news that James Lyall had died after he was struck by a car while crossing King Street last Wednesday afternoon (November 5).

The collision happened at around 3.15pm, involving a black Audi A3. Police and ambulance units attended and Mr Lyall was conveyed under escort to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where he later died.

The A92 through Inverbervie was closed for around five hours while collision investigation work was carried out.

Community councillor Carroll Evans told the Leader that the tragedy had sparked calls from residents to improve road safety on the busy road, particularly as there is a school and pre-school nearby.

Mrs Evans said: “There is a zebra crossing on King Street but drivers tend to ignore it.

‘‘Pedestrians should have right of way at the crossing, but I recently counted 27 cars that passed and didn’t stop as I stood waiting to cross with my three-year-old.

“Some people are suggesting that double yellow lines should be put in, but I think removing the parked cars would allow people to speed more.

‘‘I also think that, even though it is part of the A92, the speed limit should be reduced to 20mph. Maybe the crossing should be moved down to a more central position.”

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