Earlier this week, Joanna Dentskevich spoke out about her household’s expertise in March when her son Freddie was allegedly hit by a van whereas biking and knocked unconscious. Mrs Dentskevich claimed that the motive force didn’t cease or name 999 and the prosecuting authorities had advised the Dentskevich household that no one could be charged as the motive force mentioned they didn’t realise they’d hit and triggered damage to an individual.
Since sharing her story, Mrs Dentskevich has been flooded with messages of help from Islanders. ‘I’m completely overwhelmed with the response – our complete household is by the help that we’ve been given,’ she mentioned.
‘I’m additionally form of shocked. If something comes out of this, I hope we will make drivers extra conscious and extra accountable concerning the influence of their actions on the highway.
‘There are such a lot of essential points on the market and it’s surprising that we’re even having to debate one thing so simple as this.’
Mrs Denstkevich mentioned she hoped that the publicity from her son’s case would act as a catalyst to vary the legal guidelines in Jersey. ‘I need one thing to be in place so that oldsters have extra confidence when their youngsters are biking,’ she mentioned.
She urged that Jersey’s laws for road-users must be extra in keeping with the foundations in these European nations which have adopted a ‘presumed legal responsibility’ regulatory method. This locations the legal responsibility for an accident on the less-vulnerable road-user, except they’ll set up that the opposite social gathering was at fault – so a car driver would mechanically be liable if they’d a crash involving a bike owner.
‘It’s in regards to the vulnerability of customers on the highway,’ mentioned Mrs Dentskevich. ‘It begins with pedestrians, then horse riders and cyclists – we have to make sure the roads are protected, not just for bike riders however for all susceptible highway customers.’