Builder whose foot was left hanging off after being run over calls for safety review at ‘dangerous’ crossing

Nicholas Reid nearly lost his right foot after being run down by a car on the Bicester Road in Aylesbury
Nicholas Reid nearly lost his right foot after being run down by a car on the Bicester Road in Aylesbury

A builder who nearly lost his foot after being run over by a car has vowed to campaign for a safety review at the crossing where it happened.

Nicholas Reid, 55, was walking back from work on his lunch break to his home in Weedon Road, Aylesbury, at around 1.40pm on Wednesday, January 14 when he went to cross the busy Bicester Road.

Emergency services at the scene in Bicester Road, Aylesbury PNL-150114-142844001

Emergency services at the scene in Bicester Road, Aylesbury PNL-150114-142844001

He recalled what happened just before the accident, saying: “I had my high vis jacket on and my helmet tucked under my arm.

“The first car stopped and waved me across, but the second one didn’t.

“The next thing I knew, I was on the floor looking at my ankle flapping around.The pain was excruciating, I could see the bone.”

Mr Reid had suffered a dislocation and open fracture of his right ankle. He was rushed to the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford by air ambulance where doctors battled to save his foot in a five-hour operation. When he awoke, he said the relief to see that he still had both feet was ‘immense’.

The father-of two was discharged from hospital on Friday but was told it could take up to six months to recover.

Once he is more mobile, Mr Reid says he is determined to raise awareness around the dangers of the crossing, which is the only one of the four off the roundabout that isn’t a zebra pedestrian crossing.

He said: “I want to see this crossing changed to a zebra crossing and will be taking the matter up with Bucks County Council as a matter of urgency.

“I would like to thank the drivers of the two cars who stayed with me, especially the driver that kept me calm until the medics arrived.

“When I’m a bit better I want to buy him a drink and say thanks in person. Lastly, I want to say to the driver that hit me that I appreciate it’s been traumatic for him too.

“To all involved, thank you. I am still here – it could have been much worse, and to my mates at work, cheers lads!”

Mr Reid, who lives with his wife, son and daughter, said: “I have a very loving family and it’s been a hell of a shock for them. I’m a very lucky bloke.”

Transport for Bucks’ communications manager Rosemary Bryant said that Mr Reid’s accident was the first reported personal injury at the crossing in five years.

She said: “The team continually monitor collisions across the county to assess the pattern, severity and locations.

“The red strips of surfacing are not official crossing points; pedestrians and cyclists have to give way to traffic.

“They warn drivers that increased pedestrians and cyclists are likely to be crossing at those locations, therefore to be extra cautious.”