Vigil for unlit road death soldier
Friends and family of a young soldier killed on Christmas Day on a road where the streetlights are turned off overnight are to mark the New Year with a candle-lit vigil at the scene.
Edward Heal, a Trooper in the King's Royal Hussars, was hit by a car in Clevedon, North Somerset, as he made his way home from a pub at around 1.15am.
The 19-year-old tank gunner had been training for a tour of duty in Afghanistan starting in March and was on a week's leave from his regiment when he was struck by the Mazda in Kenn Road. He was declared dead at the scene.
Nikki Lee, a friend of the teenager, told the BBC: "The road Ed died on was absolutely jet-black.
"I'm frightened to even walk outside my front door on my estate. In the area (of the crash) there's only a few lights on but they need more. At the end of the day, you're talking about life and not money or cuts."
North Somerset Council shut down hundreds of streetlights earlier this year as part of a plan that it said will save £230,000 in the next two years.
The lights in Kenn Road will reportedly be switched on during the vigil for safety reasons because of the number of people expected to take part.
North Somerset Council was unavailable for comment and has previously said it would await the outcome of the police investigation before commenting.
But a spokesman told the BBC: "Any decision to switch off streetlights is carefully considered and investigated before it is implemented, and various organisations including the emergency services are consulted."