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Video: Moment car hit after driver breaks red light - Call for CCTV at busy Northern Ireland junction

Donna Deeney

By Donna Deeney

A man whose car was written off after being struck by a motorist who drove through a red light at a busy junction in Londonderry city centre has called for cameras at the site.

Jerry Mallet, who was at the Meadowbank Road junction on the Strand Road, realised a car approaching wasn't going to stop moments before the crash, but had no time to take evasive action to avoid the vehicle.

Mr Mallet said he witnesses drivers making the illegal manoeuvre on a daily basis and said something must be done before someone is seriously hurt or killed at the junction.

He added that it was a miracle he was able to walk away, but reckons that if his wife had been in the car with him she would not have been so lucky.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, Mr Mallet said: "I am at this junction every day taking my wife to her work and every single day I see someone jump the red lights, that is no lie.

"I had left my wife at her work around 7.45pm and was back at the junction again.

"I checked both ways but looked back up the road again and could see a car coming at me and I knew he wasn't stopping.

"In the few seconds it took that car to swing around 180 degrees I really thought I was dead.

"The sound from inside my car of metal hitting metal, the crunching, the squealing of wheels...

"I really thought that was it for me.

"The impact was so hard, my head went right across to where my wife had been sitting just a few moments earlier and burst the airbag.

"If she had still been in the car she would have been killed, of that I have no doubt."

With the help of a dash cam Mr Mallet had in his car and the almost immediate arrival of the PSNI, responsibilty was easily established.

Jerry Mallet
Jerry Mallet
The footage from his dash cam showing the moment of impact after a driver ran a red light and crashed into his car
The footage from his dash cam showing the moment of impact after a driver ran a red light and crashed into his car

Mr Mallet added: "Thankfully he admitted liablity and the police were in the area at the time, so the whole thing was dealt with, but this is happening every single morning.

"I took a week off work after that, but the first time I was back at that junction I saw a white transit van run the lights in front of me.

"This week I saw three cars doing the exact same thing. I don't understand why it keeps happening here, but it does.

"I have been complaining about this junction and asking for the installation of CCTV for the past two years, but it is like talking to a brick wall. The reality is someone is going to be killed."

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