Warning as Meir lollipop lady is hit by a car
A LOLLIPOP lady was hit by a car as she stepped on to a road where council managers are proposing to get rid of the wardens.
The car struck Josephine Shaw in Weston Road, Meir, as she helped a mum across the road with her pushchair.
The 51-year-old today described the moment she was thrown up on to the car's bonnet, despite clearly displaying her lollipop stick.
She said: "It's left me really shaken. I pressed the button and waited for the lights to change.
"I held up my stick and the cars on either side of the road slowed down as if to stop, so I stepped out into the road.
"The next thing I knew I was thrown onto the bonnet of the car coming from the right. I felt the impact of the bumper smack into my knee and it lifted me off my feet."
After recovering her balance, Josephine, of Broadway, Meir, retreated to the side of the road.
The female driver of the car leant out of the window to ask if she was ok, but drove off when the lights changed to green. Josephine says she was lucky not to sustain serious injuries.
She said: "I said 'I'm fine but that could have been a child you hit' and she drove off."
The lollipop lady reported the collision, which happened at 4pm on Thursday, to the police but did not ask them to pursue it.
She explained that she wanted them to be aware of the incident, but did not want them to investigate.
Josephine said: "The main thing I've taken from this is the importance of having a lollipop lady on these crossings.
"Just because there are lights, it doesn't mean people will stop. I'm glad it was me there and not a child because a child would have gone under the car."
Josephine and dozens of crossing wardens across the city are facing job losses due to Stoke-on-Trent City Council's proposed cuts.
Josephine added: "It's an absolute disgrace that the council are even considering these cuts – we're only paid £59 per week. It's not a lot.
"They need to know that there are people out there who are protecting their kids from danger on the way to school. I love my job and I wanted to get straight back out on the road because I can't stop thinking about what might have happened."
Dawn Jenkins, from Meir, who witnessed the collision, said: "I was a few cars behind the one that hit Jo.
"I couldn't believe my eyes. She was clearly walking out into the road but the car just seemed to keep going.
"People rushed over to check she was okay and she insisted she was fine and carried on working. It just makes you realise how dangerous these crossings actually are."
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: "We were told about an incident on Weston Road where a crossing patrol lady was involved in an incident with a vehicle. She rang to make us aware of the incident and informed us it was an accident."