Drivers urged to slow down after fatal crash in Cheltenham
WORRIED residents are urging drivers to slow down at a Cheltenham junction after a fatal crash at the weekend.
Abdul Haque, 45, died following a collision at the junction of Park Place and Andover Road.
He was driving a Mitsubishi Grandis when it collided with an Audi A4 in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The driver of the Audi, a 22-year-old man from Gloucester, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
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Following the crash, which happened at 3.30am, neighbours called for drivers to take more care at the junction.
Martin Kennedy, 56, who lives nearby, said: "Whenever I'm at home, I can hear horns blaring and tyres screeching.
"People go too fast through the junction. You have to be really careful here.
"I'm not sure what can be done to the junction, except for drivers to slow down a bit."
Another resident in Andover Road, who did not want to be named, said he had heard the crash early in the morning.
He said: "I've lived here for more than 10 years.
"Sometimes drivers don't stop when they get to the junction, and it's just dangerous.
"People tend to go really fast down the road, and I think the junction might need traffic lights or some sort of measure to ensure something like this doesn't happen again."
Tim Harman, borough councillor for the area, said: "There might not be much traffic at night, but drivers still really have to take care when they used the road.
"It is certainly very tragic and when something like that happens, we have to learn lessons from it."
Emergency services were scrambled to the scene after the crash, in which the Mitsubishi rolled and landed on its roof.
The 45-year-old man, who has not been named, died at the scene. The 22-year-old was treated at Cheltenham General Hospital for minor injuries.
He has been bailed to return to Cheltenham police station on October 21.
Police closed the road for more than seven hours to carry out investigations. There is no suggestion that speed was a factor in this case.
Flowers have been placed at the site in tribute to the man who died.
Anyone who witnessed the crash or saw either of the cars prior to the collision should call the police on 101, quoting incident 80 of August 10.
■ Do you know the man who died? Pay tribute to him at www.gloucestershireecho.co.uk