ABC News Online - Wednesday 28 March, 2007
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Learner driver in hospital after fatal bus stop crash
A learner driver whose car hit a group of people standing at a Sydney bus stop, killing one person and injuring 12 others, remains under police guard in hospital in the city.
Police say the 42-year-old woman is yet to be interviewed about the Kogarah incident.
She is in St George Hospital and is being been treated for shock.
The driver's 60-year-old passenger was questioned by police and released.
A hospital spokeswoman says a baby boy remains in a critical condition in Sydney Children's Hospital.
A 20-year old woman who suffered head and internal injuries had surgery, but died yesterday afternoon.
She was from Orange in central-western NSW.
Witnesses say the car was going too fast when it came around a corner on Railway Parade at Kogarah, mounted the footpath and ploughed into the pedestrians waiting at the bus stop.
Harold Scruby from the Pedestrian Council says the accident highlights the need to introduce a 40 kilometre per hour speed limit in busy shopping areas.
"We've got to start looking at 40 kilometres for all areas of high pedestrian activity," he said.
"Because we've got to realise how vulnerable we are just standing on the footpath with vehicles going past at these speeds.
"If we reduce these high speeds, we will save lives and limbs."
The local Mayor says action was taken last year to ensure the safety of pedestrians at the intersection.
Kogarah Mayor Michael Kitmiridis says the Roads and Traffic Authority changed the phasing of the traffic lights to make sure cars cleared the intersection before people started to cross the road.
"From my experience and I'm there every day, that works very well," he said.
"My personal view without reading the police report is that those traffic conditions would not attribute to the accident that was caused yesterday."
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