Friends of Ramsey teenager campaign for safety barriers on road where she died

Natalie Scotchford
Natalie Scotchford
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Friends of a teenager killed in a crash on a Ramsey road have started a campaign to put safety barriers on the stretch of road where she died.

Natalie Scotchford died on St Mary’s Road, Ramsey at about 3.40am on July 6 2013. The 19-year-old beauty therapist was travelling in a van, being driven by her brother, Nathan, which crashed into a ditch.

The spot where the fatal accident happened in St Marys Road Ramsey St Mary ENGEMN00120130707175111

The spot where the fatal accident happened in St Marys Road Ramsey St Mary ENGEMN00120130707175111

Natalie was pulled from the van, but died later in hospital.

Now Natalie’s friends are campaigning to improve safety on the rural road.

One of her friends, Rebecca Elliott-Peck has contacted Shailesh Vara, MP for North West Cambridegshire, asking for his help with the safety campaign.

Rebecca said: “To put into words how much this campaign means to myself and so many others is not done with ease. However, I will start by saying we are not the first to fight for such protection along this river and until something has been done I can assure you we will not be the last.

“Protecting the community from any more devastating losses in future is the reason for this campaign and we fight for those who have lost their lives. Many blame the drivers, but never will we be able to 100 per cent guarantee that people will drive with the utmost care. That being the case, the punishment for those that may have had that moment of not being in control should never be a high risk of death.

“Barriers, no matter the cost, will save lives and provide safer roads for those living in the area, I and many others believe that is vital. How many more will we have to lose before we realise enough is enough? We need to act now.”

Mr Vara has now written to Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire County Council, urging him to consider putting safety barriers along the River Nene in Ramsey.

Mr Vara said: “This is a site on the River Nene which took away the life of Natalie Scotchford, a young woman who had so much to live for. It is important that we do all we can to prevent future tragedies and I have therefore asked the county council to look into the feasibility of putting up safety barriers along this part of the river.

“I commend Rebecca and her friends in trying to ensure that future tragedies are avoided.”

Following the fatal crash, Nathan Scotchford, who was aged 23 at the time, was jailed for 20 months after pleading guilty to causing death by driving without due care and attention while drunk.