Woman left ‘drenched in blood’ after being walloped by warning sign

A Huddersfield woman was left covered in blood after stepping into a warning sign in the town centre (Picture: Stoke Sentinel / BPM Media)

A Huddersfield woman was left drenched in blood after walking head-first into a warning sign in the middle of town.

Roni Nield was making her way back to her car when she hit her on a metal sign as she stepped aside while a car approached, YorkshireLive reports.

She has asked Kirklees Council for compensation but has been turned down.

Roni was left covered in blood and had to be taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary in an ambulance where she received stitches above her right eye.

Roni Nield was walking back to her car in the Civic Centre car park when her forehead hit a metal sign as she stepped aside as a car approached (Picture: Stoke Sentinel / BPM Media)

There she was told she had suffered a concussion and told not to drive for three days.

Roni, from Bradley, Huddersfield, says she is still in pain from the June 9 incident, which has left her with a three-inch scar above her eye.

She said: ‘I tried to stay calm but was close to passing out a few times. I knew the sign was there but not that it was protruding two or three inches onto the walkway.

‘The lowest part of the sign is 4ft 9 and I am 5ft 1 tall. The council say they have never had an issue with it. I would like the council to do something about the sign but they are saying there is no issue. The next time someone is going to damage their eye.

She added: ‘It is still painful, on the scar. They said it could take up to two years for the nerve endings to heal.’

Roni has written to Kirklees Council to claim compensation and claims the sign is ‘poorly placed’, ‘protruding’ and too low.

In her letter, she told the council: ‘The sign may be visible to motorists and I accept these need to be in place, however it is the proximity to pedestrian access that is concerning and needs to be addressed.’

Roni was left shocked and covered in blood and had to be taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and now has a massive scar above her eye (Picture: Stoke Sentinel / BPM Media)

Councillor Cathy Scott, acting leader of Kirklees Council, said: ‘Council officers are aware of the incident which occurred in Civic Centre 1 car park, Huddersfield, and upon investigation, have concluded the sign at the car park requires no alteration in height and that there is no evidence that the council has been negligent.

‘This particular sign has been in situ for many years and is essential in warning motorists there is no entry back onto the road via that entrance to avoid accidents with cars turning into the car park.

‘Officers have been in contact with the person involved and have advised them of the outcomes of the investigation.’

Roni says she will be seeking legal advice.

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