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Didcot parents call for safety changes to road where son was killed

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Media captionFreddie Perry was killed as he crossed the road between parked cars to play with friends

The parents of a 10-year-old boy who died after being hit by a car have called for changes to the road.

Freddie Perry was killed as he crossed the road outside his house in Oxford Crescent, Didcot, Oxfordshire, on his way to play with friends.

Lea and Judith Perry want a 20mph speed limit and restricted parking on the residential street.

Mr Perry said: "We want to keep his name going and make things safer for everybody".

Freddie's parents said they had contacted local politicians about reducing the speed limit from 30mph and adding speed bumps.

Mrs Perry said of the accident in September: "He crossed between two parked cars, because there are cars all the way down this road.

"He didn't look unfortunately. He fell back and fractured his skull."

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Image caption Oxford Crescent in Didcot, Oxfordshire, is a residential area

He was taken by ambulance to John Radcliffe hospital but died a day later.

Mr Perry said: "We want to maker it safer for now and for the future, to have a safe place to cross and a safe area for the kids to play.

"And then hopefully no one will go through what we are going through at the moment because, believe us, it is hell."

Mr and Mrs Perry said a nearby children's play area and the entrance to Didcot Girls' School strengthened their argument.

Didcot West councillor Nick Hards said it was his "top priority" to introduce a reduced speed limit.

Oxfordshire County Council said it was working with the Perry family and other parties "to find a suitable safety solution" for the road.

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