The grieving grandparents of Logan Carrie, the Cadham youngster tragically killed on the A92 last month, say they will spend every minute of the rest of their lives fighting to bring about safety improvements to the notorious stretch of road.
Robert and Alice Brown, speaking exclusively to the Gazette this week, said that despite both being in poor health, they will not allow their beloved nine-year-old grandson’s death to become just another fatality statistic on the mile and a half stretch of trunk road which is now regarded as one of the worst accident black-spots in the whole of Scotland.
And the couple have called on the public to get behind the forthcoming campaign for improvements currently being organised by members of the Futures Group.
Logan was struck by a black Astra at a round 5.20 p.m. on Tuesday, February 10 while returning home from visiting a friend. Despite being rushed to Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy he died shortly afterwards from his injuries.
“I will fight with every last breath in my body to make sure Logan’s death will not be in vain or forgotten,” an emotional Mr Roberts said.
“It’s a living nightmare trying to come to terms with the tragic circumstances of our little boy’s death and we have been left with so many unanswered questions.
Will it take the death of a nine-year-old child to force the government and all those other organisations to sit up and listen?Alice Brown
“I lay awake every night trying to piece together what could have happened to Logan. There is so little we have been told of the incident,” he added.
They said the news that they could wait at least a year until a report into their grandson’s death is completed has made the harrowing situation they find themselves in even more difficult to deal with.
Mr Brown explained how he has walked the stretch of the A92 between Cadham and Balfarg where his grandson was killed, and says it’s only a matter of time before someone else’s child is killed or seriously injured if road safety improvements are not implemented.
“Will it take the death of a nine-year-old child to force the government and all those other organisations to sit up and listen,” said Mrs Brown.
“It’s a disgrace really and an insult to the public that nothing has been done up to now. I urge every resident in the town to demand change.”
Mr and Mrs Brown said they were left “shocked and disgusted” following a visit to the crash site last Wednesday evening whereby the family counted no fewer than 15 street lamps at the Cadham stretch of A92 not lit or not in working order.
Bear Scotland, the organisation responsible, said the lights were all illuminated in the early hours of the morning when checked but the family say none were lit at 6.30 p.m.
In the wake of Logan’s death a massive outpouring of support has come from the Glenrothes public with charity collections organised as well as dozens of floral tributes left at both the crash site and Pitcoudie Primary School where he attended.
“The incredible show of support has been one of the main factors in helping us cope with Logan’s death. If I could thank everyone personally I would,” said Mr Brown. “Following the funeral I’ve found myself going to Logan’s graveside to read him stories. I know that might sound strange but we all miss him so much,” he added.
The family have confirmed that some of the money raised will go towards the purchase of a headstone.
“The support from the public has been unbelievable, we just want them now to back the A92 campaign.
‘‘That way we can make sure there is no more tragic and unnecessary deaths on the A92, or any more families having to go through what we are currently.’’
A wave of sympathy & support
The heartfelt sympathy, acts of kindness and generosity show by many members of the general public, both in Glenrothes and beyond, has helped the family enormously said Logan’s grandfather Robert Brown.
Over £550 was collected just at the funeral service which has now been split between two of Logan’s favourite charities - Kingdom Kids and Help For Heroes.
“It’s unbelievable the amount of support and kindness we’ve been shown,” Mr Brown told the Gazette.
“The town has come together to share our grief and we are truly grateful to each every one,” he added.
With collections in Cadham pharmacy and in local shops, as well as an on-line donation set up by Cadham mum Maryann Couper to help the family meet the funeral costs, have seen donations flooding in.
With just days left the online collection has now reached £2292.
Visit www.justgiving web page www.justgiving.co,/yimby/Logan.
Accident record forces second summit meeting
Campaigners will sit down with representatives from Transport Scotland, BEAR Scotland, Fife Council and the police today (Wednesday) to discuss what they can do to improve the road.
Glenrothes and Area Futures Group (GAFG) is stepping up action to have the mile-and-a-half section from Balfarg to Preston updgraded to dual-carriageway.
Improvements are expected to cost in the region of £45 million.
A long-term desire to dual the entire stretch of A92 from Glenrothes to Dundee, expected to cost in the region of £700m, is also to be discussed.
“We have made the safety improvements our absolute priority and have stepped up our campaign to achieve those vital changes,” said convenor, Ron Page.
The closed-doors meeting, the second since February, has been arranged in the wake of a string of serious and fatal accidents.
“We always intended to have another summit meeting a year on, and in light of the tragic events in the last few weeks it has now become even more apparent that the A92 situation needs to improve,” said Mr Page.
“We also now have the backing of Fife Council which has produced a draft report outlining the economic case for supporting upgrading and improvements to the A92.
“The situation cannot be allowed to continue. The road now has the unenviable reputation of being one of the most notorious for accidents in the country.’’
A date for a separate public meeting is expected to be announced for later this month.