Speed cameras fitted in accident hotspot

  CHRIS GAYNOR

A deadly  stretch of road which leads to Esher High Street has been fitted with  speed cameras to deter motorists from breaking the 30mp/h  speed limit.

Cameras fitted down Copsem Lane,  just past the private road, Meadway,  come as a 25-year-old  student survived a brush with death,  when his car almost collided head on with a van turning right into  the private estate.

Months earlier, Firefighters had to rescue a van driver who had suddenly lost control down the same stretch of road.

Coincidentally,  Chris  Gaynor and  two other family members  were witnesses to that same accident.

Mr Gaynor  was driving  his black Suzuki Vitara  down at around 10.30 am on the morning of the 22nd December, days before Christmas.

The main road switches from a 40mp/h speed limit to 30mp/h.

Weather conditions were dank, but typically  miserable for Winter, but not foggy.

A white Vito Van turned right across his path into Meadway Road, where the young journalism trainee swerved to avoid a head on collison with the van.

The Suzuki's front left  light shattered into pieces, after hitting the van's left bumper, which was ripped off leaving road debris.

The passenger door of the Suzuki was dented on   impact.

Mr Gaynor, said: 'The guy was not looking where he was going and I had to slam on the brakes to avoid the van head on. It's lucky I am alive. A split second later and I would have been fighting for my life.'

Van driver Richard Robson of ANC Ltd apologised profusely for not spotting the black car coming up ahead.

He said: 'I went over the road, and I didn't see him. I'm very sorry. It was completely my fault.'

Severely shaken, Chris dialled his family on his mobile and spoke to his mother, who, worried, asked to speak to the other party about what had happened.

Eunice Gaynor, mother, said: 'You are very lucky. You could have both been seriously injured.'

Mr Robson admitted liability for the accident, and said he was 'very sorry' for what had happened.

The Suzuki  was taken in for repair work,  and considered a rite off by insurers.