Neighbours warned of ‘deathtrap’ junction where elderly woman tragically died

Furious neighbours claim the death of a 92-year-old woman could have been avoided.

Emergency services were called to reports that a pedestrian had been involved in a crash with a blue Ford Focus car at around 5.55pm on Sunday, December 3. Paramedics attended the scene on Canning Street, near the junction of Catharine Street.

Merseyside Police confirmed yesterday a 92-year-old woman died from her injuries. A 33-year-old man from Liverpool was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless/inconsiderate driving. He remains in police custody.

Speaking to the LDRS, one resident – who has lived near the junction of Catharine Street for more than a decade – claimed they have witnessed dozens of crashes on the stretch of road. They claimed, “I wrote to the council last December, it’s like a race track, especially after it gets dark when people just floor it.

“It’s a blind bend where the crash happened and there’s not any bollards or railings to stop a car going on the pavement. It’s a death trap.

“The death was preventable, had there been a pedestrian crossing or bollards there, it’s as simple as that.”

Detective Sergeant Andy Roper, Merseyside Police’s lead investigating officer said, “Firstly, our thoughts are with the lady’s family during this tragic time and they are being supported by specially trained officers. Although we have arrested an individual, we are still appealing for information to help us find out the full circumstances of what happened.

“The area would have been busy with traffic and pedestrians at the time, so we are hoping that people can come forward with information, even if they believe it may be small or insignificant. I would appeal to any motorists who may have been driving on Catharine Street around this time and have a dash camera in their vehicle.

“I would be grateful if you could check your footage and contact our team as you may have inadvertently captured something of significance. If you witnessed this incident, captured it on dashcam or have any CCTV footage, please get in touch with our team.

“If you can help, please call the Matrix Serious Collision Investigation Unit on (0151) 777 5747 or SCIU@merseyside.police.uk or contact @MerPolCC on Twitter or Merseyside Police Contact Centre on Facebook quoting reference 23001222489. You can also pass information via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Liverpool Council declined to comment.

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