A community meeting is set to be held following a crash which tragically ended in the death of Karen Kimblin, who was in her 60s, on Saturday, June 22.

Described as a ‘caring and loving’ grandmother by her family, Karen sadly died following a crash on St Helens Road.

A man in his 30s was subsequently arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.

Subsequently, local residents have started a petition calling for roads in the area to be made safer.

Hundreds have signed the petition on the Change.org website.

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Now, the Friends of Morris Green group has set up a public meeting, with local councillors and a representative from the police set to attend, in order to call for action.

Karen Kimblin was sadly killed in a crash on St Helen's Road on Saturday, June 22Karen Kimblin was sadly killed in a crash on St Helen's Road on Saturday, June 22 (Image: GMP)

All six local councillors from both the Hulton and Rumworth wards are expected to attend the meeting, which is due to take place on Wednesday, July 10, at 7pm at the Bolton South Salvation Army.

Hulton’s Cllr Fazeelah Khan said road safety in the area was a ‘major concern’.

She said: “It’s heartbreaking. Residents, commuters, everyone’s affected by this. Something needs to be done.

“We need to find a way – find the right safety measures.”

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Although the cause of this crash is under investigation, the crash has prompted wider calls for action.

Cllr Khan said talks were taking place with the council’s highways team in order to find solutions to make the road safer.

She said: “It’s not just St Helens Road, it’s all over.

“We need to find a long-term solution to this. My thoughts are with Karen’s family.”

Elected for the first time in May, Cllr Khan said other roads in the area also had similar issues, including Morris Green, Deane Church Lane, Smethurst Lane, and Sapling Road.

She said: “It’s busy there all the time. Sometimes you’ve got standstill traffic there as well. I’m not going to say I know the answer to this and something’s going to happen overnight, that’s why we’re in talks with the relevant department and hopefully we’ll come out with a solution for this.”

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