People have been urged to drive safely in winter conditions after four fatal accidents on roads in Rutland in less than a week.
The crashes were discussed at a quarterly meeting of the Leicestershire and Rutland Road Safety Partnership on Wednesday, after which Rutland County Council’s director for places Dave Brown said: “We’ve seen some particularly bad accidents in Rutland in recent weeks.
“These have been spread across the county, rather than being confined to specific areas, and are still being investigated by the police.
“As part of the Leicestershire and Rutland Road Safety Partnership we are actively involved in efforts to tackle the four top contributors to fatal road traffic collisions: speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, using a mobile phone while driving and not wearing a seatbelt. If you do any one of these behind the wheel you are not only breaking the law, you are endangering your life and the lives of other road users.
“We would also strongly encourage motorists to consider the road and weather conditions and drive accordingly. This is particularly important during the winter months.”
Mr Brown said of the 20 people killed or seriously injured in accidents in Rutland this year, only three lived in Rutland. The others were all people who were passing through the county.
The first of the four recent fatal crashes happened on Wednesday last week. Pte Warren Carter, 24, based at Kendrew Barracks in Cottesmore, died when the car he was driving and a lorry collided on the A6003 in Gunthorpe at about 5.20am.
Four other men suffered serious injuries but their current condition is unknown.
Just before 1am the following day a man died after the car he was driving and a lorry collided on the northbound carriageway of the A1 near Stretton. Then on Saturday a 52-year-old man was killed when the car he was driving and a lorry collided on the northbound carriageway of the A1 near Tickencote.
Neither man has yet been identified.
And at about 9.35am on Tuesday Parin Yusuf Ismail, 25, from Peterborough, died in a two-car crash on the A47 at Coppice Leys, near South Luffenham. The driver of the other car was taken to Peterborough City Hospital with minor injuries and has been discharged.
A fifth accident happened on the A6003 at Manton yesterday afternoon, but it was not clear whether anyone was seriously hurt at the time of going to press.
On Wednesday Pte Carter’s commanding officer in C (Northamptonshire and Rutland) Company of The Royal Anglian Regiment (The Poachers), Major Ben Hawes, paid tribute to his colleague and friend.
He said: “Funny, quick-witted and self deprecating, Pte Carter was the life and soul of the party. His quirky solo dances and funny sketches allowed many to make light of the grimmest situations. Never without a smile on his face, he had an opinion on everything.
“One of C Company’s more senior soldiers, he acted as a mentor for the younger men in the company, showing significant patience and emotional intelligence. A much-loved son, brother, partner to Kristi, and a committed father to Courtney, he will be dearly missed by his family and all that knew him.”