AN MP has renewed his campaign for urgent safety improvements on a notorious stretch of the York to Hull road following the death of a woman.

Pedestrian Nona Diane Clark died shortly after being knocked down by a white low-loader lorry on the A1079 at Wilberfoss on Monday.

Mrs Clark, whose husband died last year, was in her 70s and from the Newton-on-Derwent area.

A friend, who did not want to be named, said Mrs Clark was very well respected in the area. She had been involved with the church and Yorkshire Air Museum, in Elvington.

The tragedy comes a fortnight after an 83-year-old woman, named locally as Audrey Prince, died in York Hospital after a crash on the A1079 at Barmby Moor.

It is believed she had returned from visiting her husband, Jack, at a care home in Market Weighton and was trying to cross the road when the accident happened.

East Yorkshire MP Greg Knight said the latest accident reflected the urgency safety improvements needed on the stretch of road.

The Conservative politician said: “I am saddened by this latest incident.

“I am wondering just how many more people have to die before essential safety measures are taken on this stretch of road.

“This latest death gives an urgent and compelling case for making further safety improvements on this road, such as middle-of-the-road pedestrian refuges and better lighting on the road.

“I have already written to the East Riding Council and to the transport minister asking them what they can do in the short term. The only other thing I can do is ask any pedestrian using this road to take great care.

“Be careful that you assess the speed of any vehicle before crossing.”

As The Press reported yesterday, the man driving the lorry, a 55-year-old from the Hull area, was questioned by police, but has not been arrested.

Investigating officers would like to speak to the driver of a HGV carrying two containers who was travelling in front of the lorry.

Anyone who witnessed the accident or anyone with information should phone Humberside Police on 0845 6060222.