VIDEO: ‘We don’t blame the driver for Neesha’s death’

Grieving parents of a child killed crossing the road say they do not blame the driver involved in her death.

Neesha-Leigh Dundon, 12, was about to catch a bus home when she was hit by a car on Marlborough Street, V8, near Netherfield, two weeks before Christmas.

In a letter to the driver, written two days after their daughter’s death, Kayleigh and Aaron Dundon, from Bradwell Common, said they did not hate him for what had happened.

“Neesha’s death was a tragic accident,” said Mr Dundon.

“I told him I don’t want revenge for my daughter’s death.

“In fact I said if you want to blame anyone, blame my Neesha for being a silly little girl and crossing where she had been told not to.”

Mr Dundon, who suffers from agoraphobia, said Neesha was his “purpose for living again” following the death of his 14-year-old brother in a city car crash.

Now the couple say they must now focus on their two boys, Ashley and Neo – and fight for CCTV and better lighting in all city underpasses, so others don’t risk crossing dual carriageways.

Mrs Dundon said: “The only reason she would not have gone through the underpass is because she didn’t feel safe.

“If something didn’t look or feel right then she wouldn’t have done it.”

Mr Dundon added: “My daughter knew road safety, but I’m a 38-year-old man who won’t go in an underpass.

“We want CCTV and better lighting in every single one – I don’t think that is a lot to ask.”

A council spokesman said the V8 underpass was visited a week after Neesha’s death and confirmed the lights were “on and in working order”.

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