An Oxford woman who advocated for safe crossings was struck down on the road and is fighting for her life.


Having been struck on the road while advocating for safe crossings, an Oxford woman is fighting for her life.

After being struck by a van on Thursday near the area where she had been advocating for the construction of a safe crossing, a retired prominent Oxford academic is now in a “life-threatening” condition in the hospital.

Around 7.45 p.m. on Woodstock Road in Oxford, Dr. Shirley Pike, 89, was struck by a Transit van while walking, severely injuring her.

Pike received medical attention at the city’s John Radcliffe Hospital.

According to Dr. Pike’s son Justin Pike, his mother suffered a damaged liver in addition to breaking her pelvis and several ribs.

In addition, she has a brain bleed, and her lung damage worries the medical community.

At the scene of the collision, CPR had to first be performed by a nurse who just happened to be nearby.

In a previous letter to Oxfordshire County Council, Dr. Pike and the residents of Charles Ponsonby House asked for increased road safety in the neighborhood.

Following the collision, a 45-year-old van driver from Thatcham, Berkshire, was detained today and is currently being questioned by police.

The 45-year-old man was detained on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, as well as causing serious injury to a jury by driving recklessly, according to the police.

Any witnesses to the collision are urged to get in touch with Thames Valley Police, according to a spokesman.

A grey Ford Transit van and a pedestrian collided on Woodstock Road close to the intersection with Osberton Road at around 7.45 p.m. on Thursday, according to Thames Valley Police.

A pedestrian in her 80s who suffered serious injuries was taken to the hospital, where she is still in a critical condition.

The Serious Collision Investigation Unit at the Bicester Police Station’s police constable Julia Stroud said: “We would ask anyone with dash-cams and who was in the area around the time of this incident to please check any footage in case it may have captured something that could assist with our investigation.”

According to Thames Valley Police, the 45-year-old has been released while the incident is being investigated.

Dr Shirley Pike, 89, was hit by a Ford Transit van on Thursday evening in Oxford She sustained life-threatening injuries and a nurse had to do CPR at the sceneToday a man, 45, has been arrested on suspicion of driving a motor vehicle while unfit through drink or drugs and causing serious in jury by dangerous driving Pike had been writing to Oxford council asking for safe crossings in that area


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