Mother of badly hurt child crash victim backs plans to end traffic hell at notorious roundabouts

Parents Lisa Orrick and Chris Bootes of four year old daughter Jessica Bootes in Newcastle's RVI after the smash.
Parents Lisa Orrick and Chris Bootes of four year old daughter Jessica Bootes in Newcastle's RVI after the smash.

The mother of a young girl left fighting for her life after a horror crash at Lindisfarne roundabout is urging people to attend the consultation.

Lisa and Chris Bootes’ six-year-old daughter Jessica, who was just four at the time, spent 11 days in a coma after a five-car collision on the A194 in Jarrow in March 2014.

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Jessica had to have the left side of her skull removed, suffered paralysis down the right side of her body and the loss of speech after her face smashed into the front passenger seat.

The accident happened after taxi driver Amir Azad had smashed into the back of the Bootes’ Volkswagen Polo while they were stopped at traffic lights on the A194 Leam Lane, near the Lindisfarne roundabout.

Azad had his Hackney Carriage and private hire licence revoked by South Tyneside Council after he admitted a careless driving charge at court.

Mum Lisa Bootes, 33, from Harton, South Shields, said: “I would like to see all the proposals put in place as soon as possible. Anything to stop future accidents on this stretch of road, but I understand the council does have budgets to consider and things take time.

“I will be popping along to the consultation to have my say and I hope others do the same.

“You never know, someone might have an even better idea than the council on how to fix this problem, so as many people as possible should go along.”