Mum of teenager killed in Dumpton Park Drive crash launches petition for road safety measures

Ethan with mum Keena

The mum of a teenager who died in a crash on Dumpton Park Drive in October has launched a petition asking Kent County Council to install speed calming measures.

Ethan Entwistle was just two days away from his 19th birthday when the car he was a passenger in with a friend and two associates was crashed into a tree on Dumpton Park Drive.

Sadly, despite the efforts of his friend Ben Brazil, who was also a passenger in the car, to carry out CPR until medics arrived, Ethan did not survive.

An 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and bailed pending further enquiries.

Mum Keena has launched the petition in the hope that safety measures can prevent the loss of someone else’s loved one.

The petition comes after Keena attended a meeting of the Dumpton Safer Roads Action Group last night (November 21) to talk about the impact the loss of her eldest son has ad on herself and her family.

On the petition page the teaching assistant, who is also mum to 15-year-old Thomas, says: “Dumpton Park Drive in Broadstairs and Ramsgate, has become notorious for speed-related accidents. The lack of adequate speed calming measures has turned this residential area into an accident hotspot, with two fatalities in under two years.

“This is not just about Ethan anymore; it’s about every child, every family who could be next, I do not want anyone else to ever experience this heartbreak that has now befallen my family. If Ethan’s death can help prevent anyone else having to suffer, then we as a family will know he has left a lasting legacy.”

Sharing statistics from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) on the page,Keena says  inappropriate speed contributes to around 11% of all injury collisions reported to the police, 15% of crashes resulting in serious injury and 24% of incidents that result in death.

She added: “These figures are alarming and underline the urgent need for action.

“We call upon Kent County Council to implement effective speed calming measures on Dumpton Park Drive as soon as possible. Let’s make our streets safe again – for Ethan and all those whose lives have been or could be affected by such tragedies.”

Ethan was a Broadstairs College student who studied accountancy last year and had just started a mechanics course this year.

Keena said her son was “a larger than life character” who loved Anime, computers and gaming and being with his friends.

Find the road safety petition by clicking here

Since 2022, residents in Ramsgate’s Dumpton Park Drive have been calling for further safety measures for pedestrians trying to cross the wide road and motorists who have limited sightlines at some of the junctions.

Members of Dumpton Park Drive Safer Roads Action Group at the road junction with Montefiore Avenue

A campaign was initially started following the death of a woman cyclist in a collision at the junction with Montefiore Avenue.

Kent Highways has since installed yellow lines on junction corners, including at Montefiore, but residents say the road is still not safe with many motorists exceeding speed limits and instances of inconsiderate parking making pedestrians crossing, or cars pulling out at junctions, difficult.

Those involved in the Make Our Road Safe! Dumpton Park Drive Safer Roads Action Group  say there have been at least seven collisions during 2021/22 as well as several near misses.

Suggestions for measures have included extending the yellow lines, installing traffic islands, introducing a 20mph zone or even creating a mini-roundabout.

A Kent County Council (KCC) spokesperson previously said: “We are aware of concerns raised about the safety of Dumpton Park Drive, Ramsgate.

“Our team has visited the site and spoken to local representatives to discuss any changes that could be made.

“Following agreement with Ramsgate Town Council, waiting restrictions have been installed and we continue to work with the town council to explore further options through its Highway Improvement Plan.”

UPDATE: Kent County Council will be installing a new bend warning sign with accompanied slow marking and new black and white verge marker bollards with red and white reflectors. The work will be completed by February.

25 Comments

  1. So,the road,per se,is not dangerous,just the minority of drivers who flout the law and choose to drive dangerously.
    I have driven along this road many,many times,without any problem.Stop blaming the road and charge the morons who have no regards for others.

  2. My understanding is that the incident occurred in the early hours of the morning after leaving a ramsgate seafront bar, the length of the skid marks left on the road for all to see , the call for speed restriction measures in the article along with the arrest for dangerous driving would , in the absence of the final report/ prosecutions, suggest that irresponsible driving was the sole cause of the tragedy. So whilst speed restriction measures may be seen as appropriate it fails to address the underlying issue of driving behaviours, would it not be better for the petition to call for minimum 10 year sentences for drivers causing serious injury or death through careless/drink/drug driving along with lifetime driving bans to act as a real deterrent, otherwise it just moves such incidents to other locations.
    The article also mentions the death of a cyclist , this was sometime ago , has the inquest ( if that’s the correct term) reported on this accident and was there a prosecution and or excess speed cited as a factor?

    • Excess speed was not a factor for the cyclist but that incident was the prompt for the initial Dumpton Park Drive road safety campaign

      • The lack of adequate speed calming measures has turned this residential area into an accident hotspot, with two fatalities in under two years.

        Yet this from the article is seemingly linking the death of the cyclist to excess speed. I’ve no issue with people petitioning for something but it needs to be done with due regard to facts and really should wait until the overall situation with the current incident has been decided and any prosecutions completed. In the absence of which it’s at risk of addressing the wrong problem.
        What our roads really need is an effective police presence on the roads , drink and drug driving are rife as the only chance of getting caught is if you have an accident and can’t run away fast enough,? what are the chnces of being caught for speeding in the absence of a camera? You’ve only to drive at night and see the number of vehicles with defective lights to realise there is next to no enforcement of the motoring laws.

        • We need zero tolerance with regard to motoring laws similar to what we had in the 60s. You would be given a warning or nicked dependant on the seriousness. As an example, I was observed by the local bobby with my Cortina’s bumper over the stop markings at a cross roads. I was given a warning which in my case, I learnt from aged 17 at the time.
          There’s no chance of zero tolerance returning, sadly.

        • The article explains how the original road campaign group (Keena attended a meeting with them) began: “Since 2022, residents in Ramsgate’s Dumpton Park Drive have been calling for further safety measures for pedestrians trying to cross the wide road and motorists who have limited sightlines at some of the junctions.

          “A campaign was initially started following the death of a woman cyclist in a collision at the junction with Montefiore Avenue.” It doesn’t link it at all to excess speed, in my opinion

    • Exactly,Elsie.Irresponsible drivers care nothing for speed restrictions.No doubt,this driver will be out on the road, again,in the not too distant future.It is innocent pedestrians,cyclists and other road users,who will suffer;not this driver.

  3. We should have a 20 mph limit for ALL of Thanet – except buses and bicycles, which will encourage people to use them.

    • The people who speed would pay no regard to a 20mph zone and would carry on speeding as normal, these people have no fear of the law or the police

      • A 20 mph “zone” has street furniture installed to make speeding difficult. Things such as planters, chicanes and so on.

        • Chicanes,planters etc would not prevent a reckless driver hitting these obstacles.Sometimes,they can increase the risk,e.g. St.Peter’s Park Road,outside the school.

          • Nothing will prevent a reckless driver from doing anything.
            But stats show that in “zones” where 20 mph limits are coupled with street furniture, injuries are lower.

  4. Stop punishing all drivers and start applying heavy punishment for bad driving.as for 20mph just makes everything worse and if you let buses travel faster than you cause more problems. A bus will cause more damage than a car at the same speed

  5. 20mph zones dint work I’ve been undertaken and overtaken by cyclists, electric bikes, electric scooters and mobility scooters.

  6. More restrictions on cyclists are needed, fine those without bells, hi-vis , lights etc as well as those who break the rule of the road, ie undertaking, not stopping at lights riding on the pavement . Cyclists are ther own worst enemies (not all) but idiots wearing dark clothes and without lights are asking for a problem.

    • I think you’ll find that by far the most injuries and, tragically, death, on the road 8s caused by motor vehicles, not cyclists.
      I cross (at the “green man”) Boundary Road/King St. As I wait for the lights to change, I see one or two cars shoot through the lights as they change. Almost every time.

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