Accident sparks widow's rearview sensor campaign
A WOMAN who lost her husband after he was killed by a reversing HGV has launched a campaign for rearview cameras to be fitted on all such vehicles.
Barbara Ellis, who used to live in Woodmancote, has started Rearview, a national campaign to make it mandatory for all HGVs to have rearview cameras or sensors put in.
Her husband, Mike, 41, died in April last year after the experienced motorcyclist stopped in a blind spot behind a large lorry at the Northwick Business Park near Blockley, an inquest heard.
The workshop manager was hit and dragged 80 metres, before its driver realised something was wrong.
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Following the loss, Barbara moved from Woodmancote to the Forest of Dean. She is now determined to ensure the campaign is a success, and has lobbied Forest of Dean MP Mark Harper to lend her his support.
She said: "We intend to raise awareness of the dangers of reversing vehicles, particularly lorries and vans which have no rear vision. Every year, hundreds of people are killed or seriously injured by reversing vehicles, many of them not included in official road statistics, as they occur on private roads, industrial estates, business premises, and other off-road locations.
"It is important to make the driver think before they start reversing. They need to put their brain into gear before putting their vehicle in reverse.
"Ultimately, we want to persuade the Government to change the law, so that for commercial vehicles with restricted or no vision, it will be mandatory to have either rearview cameras or sensors fitted."
The campaigners have started a petition to help increase the pressure on the Government.
"It has been very difficult ever after I moved, and this campaign is helping me deal with the loss," Barbara added.
"I still think of Mike everyday and it is a massive loss for me. I am trying to do something positive after he died, and ensure this does not happen to anyone ever again."
Gloucestershire deputy coroner David Dooley recorded an accidental death earlier this year after Mr Ellis suffered multiple injuries.
Mr Ellis, a former RAC patrolman, had worked for Watsonian Square at the business park. When the accident happened, he was road-testing a customer's bike around the park.