STOURBRIDGE MP Suzanne Webb is backing a family’s campaign to improve road safety on Saltwells Road, Netherton, after their daughter was hurt when she was hit by a car on the zebra crossing.

Medical administrator Rebecca Cooksey, aged 26, is now back at home after suffering a head injury in the incident, which happened at 8pm on April 2 near Aldi as she walked her dog.

The MP met with Rebecca’s parents Tony and Sharon Cooksey on Monday at the scene along with campaigner Rob Clinton to discuss their campaign to improve the crossing.

She is now also setting up a petition asking for Dudley Council to look at improving the crossing’s safety features.

Ms Webb said: “This was a very distressing incident and I am thankful Rebecca is going to make a full recovery but it could have been very different.

“From speaking to Tony and Sharon and Rob Clinton, who has already highlighted the danger of the crossing and speeding cars, it’s clear we need the authorities to look at making this area safer for pedestrians before there is a real tragedy.

“While we were talking a car sped right through the crossing while someone was on it.

“I certainly support the family’s campaign and I think the petition would be a good start. I will also be writing to the police and the council asking for their views on what is happening in Saltwells Road.

“I would ask anyone who has experienced issues on the crossing to get in touch with either myself or Rob Clinton.”

Tony, who witnessed the collision involving his daughter, said: “Saltwells Road is an absolute nightmare with cars racing up and down. Traffic never stops at the crossing and often overtake other cars actually on the crossing to get down Bowling Green Road.

"We see incidents and near misses happen on this road on a daily basis where vehicles fail to stop at the pedestrian crossing.

"Although she suffered many injuries our daughter was lucky enough to have not been killed. We are concerned a fatality is a real possibility unless measures are put in place to improve this outdated crossing.”

The Cookseys, who live in Evesham Rise, would like the zebra crossing turned into a traffic signalling system with speed cameras, if appropriate.

West Midlands Police said they were investigating the incident which happened on April 2 and a spokesman added: "The driver stopped at the scene and is assisting police enquiries.

"Investigations are ongoing anyone with information can contact us via live chat on our website or by calling 101. Please quote log number 3743 of 02/04."