Mum furious as speed limit doubles where her teenage son died

Caron Heatherington adds to the memorials to her son Shane beside the slip roads to the A182 Washington Highway, Mount Pleasant.
Caron Heatherington adds to the memorials to her son Shane beside the slip roads to the A182 Washington Highway, Mount Pleasant.
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A FURIOUS mum has warned road chiefs they are dicing with death by doubling the speed limit at the bend where her teenage son died.

Caron Heatherington, 49, fears others will be at risk now the limit has been increased to 60mph on the stretch of road leading from the A182 Washington Highway into Mount Pleasant.

18-year-old Shane Sloan was killed in a car crash in Washington

18-year-old Shane Sloan was killed in a car crash in Washington

The spot claimed the life of Shane Sloan, 18, after a punctured tyre caused him to lose control of his car and hit a lamppost in May 2011.

She is mortified by the switch, and is calling on council chiefs to lower the limit again.

Her campaign will include submitting a 1,500-name petition drawn up after her son’s death.

Caron shelved the petition after highways bosses agreed to cut the limit to 30mph soon after, but now says she is determined to fight the speed increase.

Caron, a cleaner from Penshaw, said: “I can’t believe they’ve done this. It’s quite shocking.

“I’ve driven that road, and I don’t believe it’s possible to take that bend at 60mph.

“Anyone trying to would spin off and go straight in the Wear.

“Shane wasn’t even speeding when he crashed. He was well within the limit.

“The limit must be brought back down to prevent anyone else being killed, which I fear is a real possibility.

“There will be further accidents. What they have done is a disgrace.”

An inquest found Shane died after a screw in a tyre on his Citroën Saxo caused him to lose control seconds after leaving the 60mph A182 dual carriageway.

Friends following in cars behind rushed to the aid of the Biddick Community Sports College student.

But Shane, who had passed his driving test weeks earlier, died five days later from serious head injuries.

He was due to finish a college mechanics course and hoped to become a professional skateboarder.

Caron’s initial demands for the limit to be dropped to 30mph met with success.

She believes the signs were removed two months ago after improved roadside lights were installed.

Sunderland City Council insists safety was of “paramount concern”.

Councillor James Blackburn, cabinet member for city services, said: “Regular reviews are carried out into speed restrictions and safety measures in place across the city.

“There is a national speed limit of 60mph for slip roads of this type, which has been in place and signposted along this stretch of A182 road since 2009 and is still thought appropriate.

“Motorists should be aware of the legal speed limit, and any remaining pre-2009 30mph signs in this area have been removed.”