Mum’s crossing campaign after daughter’s lucky escape

Jacqui Booth with her daughter Shannon Kirkby (12) who was knocked down on Padiham Road.
Jacqui Booth with her daughter Shannon Kirkby (12) who was knocked down on Padiham Road.

A mother has pledged to do “everything she can” for better road safety in Burnley after her 12-year-old daughter was knocked down on Padiham Road.

Shannon Kirkby was hit by a vehicle close to Whitegate petrol station as she made her way home from school on Wednesday, September 23rd.

It could have been so much worse. That is why I will do everything I can to make these roads safer for pedestrians

Mum Jacqui Booth

Thankfully, she suffered no major injuries and has now been discharged from hospital, but mother Jacqui Booth insists her daughter has been very lucky.

“This last week has been absolutely devastating for me,” said Jacqui. “I want to make sure that no other parent has to go through what I’ve been through.

“Shannon is one of the lucky ones, she will make a full recovery, but the next child might not be as lucky, so something needs to be done.

“It could have been so much worse. That is why I will do everything I can to make these roads safer for pedestrians.”

Shannon, who attends Shuttleworth College, suffered mainly brusing and grazes from the accident, but she was also knocked unconscious after a blow to the head and has no memory of the incident.

The day after she was in theatre so doctors could perform a deep clean on her face, in order to extract gravel from her wounds which will prevent any potential scarring.

Shuttleworth is one of a number of schools in the area including Burnley High School, St Joseph’s Park Hill, and Padiham Primary School, meaning the area can become busy when the schools finish.

“It’s always been a busy area when the schools are done for the day,” added Jacqui. “It needs another pedestrian crossing to be able to cope with all the schoolchildren as there is the one outside the school and the next one is all the way up by George IV.

“I’ve already held discussions with the school, who agree more needes to be done, and Lancashire County Council about the installation of another pedestrian crossing.

“Obviously at the moment my main concern is Shannon’s wellbeing, but when she’s well enough to go back to school I’ll be taking things a little bit further and speaking with all the relevant people to make sure this doesn’t happen to another child.”