Rise in death toll on Sunderland’s roads

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ROAD deaths in Sunderland have risen in the last year, latest figures show.

Seven people were killed in 2012 – up from just three the year before – according to the Department of Transport. In 2010, there were five fatalities.

Despite this, the number of casualties continues to fall, with 934 injured in 2010, 807 in 2011 and 792 last year.

In County Durham, the number of deaths has risen from 14 in 2010 to 24 in 2012. Total casualties fell from 1,708 to 1,544.

Last April, four members of the same family were killed in a smash near Seaham when a truck and a car collided near Sharpley Golf Club. Car driver Robert Reed, 75, wife Margaret, 74, 18-year-old Natalie Simpson, who was the partner of their grandson and her 14-month daughter Destiny were all killed.

Nationally, the number of people killed or seriously injured fell by one per cent in 2012, with 1,754 fatalities and 23,039 serious injuries.

But road safety charity Brake said more can be done to make roads safer.

Deputy chief executive Julie Townsend said: “Road crashes are violent, sudden events that tear apart families and whole communities.”