A candle-lit vigil is to be held for Huddersfield road tragedy victim Beth Bowers.

And it is being used to launch a campaign in her memory calling for road safety improvements at the junction off Fitzwilliam Street where she died.

Mrs Bowers, 74, of Cleckheaton, was killed while crossing the road on her way to a friendship group meeting held at Huddersfield Irish Centre on Monday of last week.

John Lambe, a lifelong member of Huddersfield Irish Centre, said: “The vigil is firstly in remembrance of Beth but secondly to raise awareness of the road safety issue that exists at this junction.

“Whilst Fitzwilliam Street does not have a pedestrian feel about it, there is a considerable amount of pedestrian crossing which takes place between the Irish Centre, Polish Church, Bradley's restaurant and the increasing number of flats on the street too.

The scene on Fitzwilliam Street after the fatal collision close to the Irish Centre
The scene on Fitzwilliam Street after the fatal collision close to the Irish Centre
 

“It is very clear vehicles speed over the hill and do not indicate left, which puts pedestrians and other motorists at great risk, particularly vehicles coming up the street and turning right into Rook Street.”

Mr Lambe is urging motorists to support a voluntary scheme to reduce speed at the junction until more enforceable measures can be implemented.

He added: “An immediate response which all drivers can undertake responsibility for is to take #bethspledge: indicate left and slow down to 20mph at the junction.

“In addition we shall be approaching Kirklees Council to consider road safety measures at the junction, which could range from: total closure, road narrowing, a 20mph speed limit, signage or speed humps.”

In support of #bethspledge regular and local taxi firm to the Irish Centre, Bobs Taxis, has asked all its drivers to take the pledge and drive safely.

Elizabeth Bowers who died in crash in Fitzwilliam Street Huddersfield with her husband Trevor
Elizabeth Bowers who died in crash in Fitzwilliam Street Huddersfield with her husband Trevor
 

The vigil will take place at the junction of Castlegate Loop and Fitzwilliam Street on Thursday from 7.30pm.

The road will be closed to traffic for around an hour.

Those taking part are asked to bring their own candles and holders.

Our Lady of Czestochowa (Polish Church) will also be open to the public for the duration of the vigil for prayer and contemplation.

An 18-year-old driver was arrested and later released on bail.