Bereaved husband calls for A285 Upwaltham safety improvements

The stretch of road where the accident happened. Picture by Kate Shemilt. C141101-2 SUS-140912-172601001
The stretch of road where the accident happened. Picture by Kate Shemilt. C141101-2 SUS-140912-172601001
  • Janice Taylor and Hilary Moock died in a car crash on the A285 in 2013
  • Mrs Taylor’s husband Rod is calling for improvements to the road at Upwaltham
  • A petition is available to sign on West Sussex County Council’s website

A WIDOWER has told of his desperation to see improvements to a section of the A285 where his wife lost her life.

Rod Taylor’s wife Janice, 74, died after the car in which she was a passenger was hit by another car at night on the road at Upwaltham.



Her friend Hilary Moock, 82, was also killed in the accident.

“This accident happened a year and a half ago and the council have done absolutely nothing about the area,” Mr Taylor said.

“They’ve offered meeting after meeting but they never specify dates for the meeting and they never happen.”

He has launched a petition to get West Sussex County Council to take action on the road to make it safer.

Everybody we talk to agrees that speed limit is dangerous

Rod Taylor

The accident happened in September, 2013.

Mrs Taylor and Mrs Moock were in a car returning from the Chichester Festival Theatre, heading north along the A285.

It was being driven by Mrs Moock’s husband Karsten, who survived the accident.

Their car turned right into a junction at Upwaltham, where Mr and Mrs Taylor owned a cottage.

It was hit sideways on by a car travelling south.

At Mrs Taylor and Mrs Moock’s inquest in December, the coroner recorded a conclusion the pair died in a road traffic collision and said she would contact the county council to ask for a study of that section of the road to be carried out – it is due to respond by March 19, according to Mr Taylor.

He is calling for the speed limit to be reduced and more signs put up warning people of the hidden junction.

“Everybody we talk to agrees that speed limit is dangerous,” said Mr Taylor.

“I’ve written to the coroner and said if there had been a 40 or 50mph speed limit at that site, my wife would still be alive.”

After the inquest, Mrs Taylor’s family described her as a ‘vibrant and truly inspirational woman’.

“Losing her has devastated the lives of her husband, three children, five grandchildren and many friends who relied on her strength, her wisdom and her loving kindness,” they said. “Every day we miss her, every day we want her back.”

The petition is available to sign at and so far has 21 signatures.