The summer vacation for a family from Finland on the island of Rhodes ended premature and in horror. The 10-year-old family child was severely injured in a traffic accident on Friday and had his leg amputated. The family was crossing the main road of Ixia, when a motorcycles dragged away the boy. The family was reportedly walking on the zebra crossing.
According to KTG information, the accident was the result of a sequence of another accident and the irresponsible behavor of at least three drivers. Aa taxi illegally stopped at a bus stop, a jeep hit the taxi from behind. While this was going on, the family tried to cross the street, then the motorcycle driver comes from behind, overtakes the taxi and the jeep and hits the boy.
According to local media, the boy’s leg had to be amputated on the spot of the accident.
The boy had to be transferred to a hospital in Athens where it remains still on Sunday.
State broadcaster ERT reported earlier today that the family wants to have their child transported to Finland but the doctors want to wait for his health stabilization.
End of June, a 24-year-old German tourist lost her life on the same road just a few meters away from the accident with the Finnish boy.
The young woman was the victim of a similar accident: she was dragged by a motorcycle while she was walking on the Rhodes-Kameiros on a Friday night. She died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.
Locals have many times complaint about the motorists’ behavior in the area, one of the most popular seaside resort villages on Rhodes.
A message KTG received right after the fatal accident with the German tourist read:
“I live in Ixia.. Drive this road every day, 2 times, minimum…. Speeding cars, motorbikers thinking its the Le Man…. Tourists running back and forth, like shooting ducks, trying to get over the road… To top it up, in the evening, due to the dim lighting in that area, it can be so so difficult to see if anyone is crossing the street….” by Tina Amelie Christoffersen.
According to local newspaper rodiaki traffic accidents have rapidly increased on the roads of Rhodes in recent times. they occur on a daily basis. According to official data: 5 five people have died, 9 were seriously and 69 slightly injured in a total of 59 road accidents in the last couple of months.
“Unfortunately, the situation seems to have gone out of control, causing “headaches” to authorities but also concerns to citizens, rodiaki notes adding that “the human factor plays an important role to the traffic accidents, as not a few involve only one vehicle and the driver’s responsibility.”
Main cause for the road accidents are reportedly : high speed, driver’s distraction, priority violation, driving under alcohol influence, driving on wrong lane, and for motorcyclists driving without helmet and protective belt.
The Zebra Crossings
Another thing that foreign tourists do not know is that Greek motorists consider “zebra crossing lines” on the streets as part of some kind of peculiar decoration aiming to send mysterious signals to outer space.
You can’t imagine how long I do have to wait at the end of zebra marking to cross the main street of our neighborhood in one of the suburbs of Athens. Together with me are often, mothers with children, seniors with walking stocks and elderly women heavily loaded with supermarket shopping.
One after the other the cars keep passing on both lanes, nobody stops.
What the hell do motorists think all these people are waiting for under the boiling sun?
When the zebra marking was painted on the streets some 8-10 years ago, motorists would stop more often. But now the paint has faded quite a bit, yet it is still clearly visible.
I must say, in summer the situation is a bit better, because the windows of the cars are often down so drivers can hear me shouting “Zebra Crossing!” or “Here is a zoo!” – even at risk to gain a reputation as the weirdo of the area….
Motorcyclists everywhere in traffic are like wasps, a plague on society. Just because they are small and feel “free” they think they can conveniently ignore the traffic laws.
This is tragic news. The main thing that the boy makes a full recovery as soon as possible and for the family to have courage and faith for their son to get back to ‘normal.’ Best wishes.
Praise to the local ambulance crew and doctors also.
From my perspective (I am Greek and drive all over Europe), it is the full responsibility of the transport minister and the authorities-shame on all of you!
Don’t blame anyone but the local government officials in Rhodes, who don’t take any responsibility, every year tourist and locals are getting seriously injured or killed on this road, why??Because there is NO thorough risk assessment being made, lack of repairs (painting the zebra crossings, no under-passes, no traffic pedestrian lights) very serious issues here! All the hotel owner’s should be made to pay for the above areas to be after all made safe for their guests-it’s very necessary during the season that pedestrian lights are in operation, after the summer I don’t think this is a problem.
As the officials continue to ignore this most serious offence, they will start losing revenues, but most importantly innocent lives, which is the main income for the island; Tourism!
What a tragic shame and blatant disregard for human life-their blood is on the hands of the officials and of course the person who calls him/herself the ‘Mayor’ of Rhodes-I want to say ‘shame on you !!’
If you want proper advice on road safety speak to me and I’ll point out your incompetence but you would be too ashamed to respond-I guarantee it.!