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New campaign launched to protect pedestrians


The family of a teenager who was killed by a dangerous driver is backing a new campaign urging motorists to take more care on darker nights and reduce the harm caused to pedestrians on Greater Manchester’s roads.

Marcus Simmons-Allen, 18, was crossing the road after dark with a friend when he was hit by a car travelling at around twice the speed limit on George Richards Way in Altrincham. The collision happened two years ago near to Marcus’ home in Broadheath – it was his mother, Paula Allen who found her injured son after being alerted to the crash by his friend. Marcus was taken to hospital in a critical condition but died the following day on October 11, 2021.

Paula and her family’s lives were never the same again and they are still trying to process the traumatic circumstances of Marcus’ death.

The family are now backing the Safer Roads Partnership’s latest campaign called ‘Last Steps’, aimed at reducing the number of pedestrians harmed on the Greater Manchester’s roads as the nights become darker.

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