VIDEO: Mum calls for speed camera after death of Sheffield teenager

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A mum has called for action to stop speeding drivers after the tragic death of a Sheffield teenager.

Jane Woodruff, aged 39, of Mason Drive, Swallownest, near Sheffield, has handed in a 3,000-name petition to Rotherham Council calling for a speed camera on Mansfield Road in Swallownest.

Josh's sister Jodie, Jade Woodruff, Elle Pearson, Jane Woodruff, and Alicia Harrison.

Josh's sister Jodie, Jade Woodruff, Elle Pearson, Jane Woodruff, and Alicia Harrison.

Moped rider Josh Tyler, 16, of Swallownest, was killed in a road smash on April 17.

Jane said: “The kids at Aston Academy wanted to do something so things like this don’t happen again.

“I helped get it off the ground. It was a real team effort – I’m blown away at the response.

Mother-of-three Jane’s daughter Jade, 15, was a classmate of Josh’s.

Flowers at the scene of the accident on Mansfield Road.

Flowers at the scene of the accident on Mansfield Road.

She said: “This could of happened to one of my own kids. My heart goes out to Josh’s family. I can’t imagine the pain they are feeling right now.

“People race through this village and it’s mainly young drivers – this was an accident waiting to happen.”

The petition is calling for a speed camera on 40 mile an hour limit Mansfield Road, Swallownest, where Josh died or a cut in the speed limit.

“Anything that helps, anything to stop something like this happening again. It’s had to come to a 16-year-old boy losing his life,” she said.

Josh Tyle

Josh Tyle

Jane said the whole community had really come together. Mourners lined the streets for Josh’s funeral.

“Everyone has wanted to do so much,” she said.

“They’ve wanted to do everything that they can with fund raising, a football match, everyone’s got the RIP Josh wristbands as well.

“Pubs, petrol stations, banks, everywhere has had the petition and has been kind enough to get the word out.”

Flowers at the scene of the accident on Mansfield Road.

Flowers at the scene of the accident on Mansfield Road.

A Rotherham Council spokesperson said: “The Council takes road safety very seriously.

“We accepted the petition in the wake of Josh’s tragic death and will look into the issues raised and liaise closely with the petitioners when the investigation has been completed.

“In addition, once the police have concluded their investigation and the Coroner has issued her findings, any recommendations for action will be investigated jointly by the Road Policing Group and the Council’s Transportation and Highways project team.

“In terms of time scales, the investigation could take anything up to three months to carry out and then report back to the Commissioners.”