HIT AND RUN ON ALBERT STREET
The junction with Albert Street and Upper Street is closed this afternoon after a collision between two vehicles. The accident is believed to have happened around 4pm, with one vehicle careering into the front of local business JCS Associates, which was thankfully unoccupied at the time.
Police, fire and ambulance crews attended the scene of the crash, along with backup from Hartley Wintney Fire Station, where the driver of the black Lexus, Fred Hornsey, was taken to hospital suffering minor injuries. The driver of the second vehicle is believed to have abandoned his blue Ford Mondeo immediately after the crash, fleeing the scene before police arrived. It is understood that the Mr. Hornsey had just dropped off his wife and child fifteen minutes before the accident, something which almost definitely saved their lives.
Below: Photos of the crash scene at the Albert Road and Upper Street junction. Photo credits: For Fleet’s Sake.
Below: The crash happened just across the road from the Dancety dance uniform shop.
FLEET FIRE STATION ATTEND SCENE
Below: Fleet Fire Station posted on Facebook, confirming their attendance at the scene. Photo credit: Fleet Fire Station.
Below: Photos of the crash scene including images from the interior and exterior of JCS Associates. Photo credits: Fleet Fire Station.
LOCAL COUNCILLOR CALLS FOR URGENT REVIEW
The Mondeo was allegedly seen driving erratically before the accident as it sped towards the 20mph zone. The ‘jinxed junction’ has become a hotspot for accidents recently, with one resident who lived nearby stating that there had been at least four there in the last eighteen months.
Local Councillor Steve Forster attended the scene and spoke to officers on site. He is calling for a review of the area from Hampshire County Councillor officers, with suggestions of various possible traffic calming measures including a speed table or bollards. Whatever the most efficient option is though, let’s hope something is done about it soon, before something much worse happens.
It is understood that the vehicle was not registered to the driver or taxed.
The driver of the Lexus, Fred Hornsey, who only moved to Fleet last Friday is thankfully recovering from his ordeal with a few broken ribs and bruising. We wish you and your family well Fred and hope you can all take it easy, settle in and recover from your ordeal.
Below: The day after. Boarded up windows at JCS Associates, 121 Albert Street. Photo credit: Zoe Peach.
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