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Grieving son demands answers after 70-year-old crushed by lorry in Islington

PUBLISHED: 11:12 01 March 2013 | UPDATED: 12:03 01 March 2013

The scene shortly after the accident

The scene shortly after the accident

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A grieving son is a demanding answers after his pensioner mother was crushed to death underneath a lorry.

In February Janette Hastead, 70, was killed in a collision with a tanker on the Packington Estate, Islington, as she walked home from the shops.

The truck was heading for a building site on the estate and residents say they had already raised concerns about heavy goods vehicles.

Last night the Hyde Group, which manages the estate, attended a ward partnership meeting to answer some tough questions from Mrs Hastead’s son Micheal and other people from the estate.

Mr Hastead said: “My question to you is why did you not provide a banksman [reversing assistant] at that time? Why wasn’t that in place? The driver shouldn’t have been able to go down that road.”

Another resident added: “Your traffic management is not working. There are a lot of children [at risk] and his mum god love her.

“You need to take this a lot more seriously. We live there and we are the ones who are suffering.”

Rodney Austin, from the Arlington Associaton, said: “We reported to you some time before Christmas concerns about the lorries going through the streets not following traffic management procedure – using roads they shouldn’t have.

“What steps did you take knowing lorries were not complying with the system to make sure that they did?”

Carol Carter, from Hyde, said they had concerns that the correct procedure hadn’t been followed and added: “We can’t go further than that because it’s the subject of an inquiry.”

A Hyde spokesperson later said: “This was a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mrs Hastead during this difficult time. We remain committed to supporting the local neighbourhood who have been affected by this sad loss and would like to reassure the community that both Hyde and our contractors Rydon take the health and safety and well-being of residents very seriously.

“In light of this incident it would be remiss of us not to look into ways to further strengthen existing measures and to seek the feedback from residents.”

The new measures, announced at the meeting, include new signs, crossings and concrete barriers.

People on the estate can report construction vehicles not adhering to the rules by emailing packington@hyde-housing.co.uk.

The lorry driver was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and given police bail until mid March.

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