Residents calling for safety measures at a Sparkbrook blackspot have handed a 1,000-strong petition to council bosses.

Around 40 people gathered at Kyotts Lake Road last month in a campaign sparked after two fatal crashes in the last 18 months.

The demo followed the death of 79-year-old Saleh Dalie on October 29. He was struck by a delivery lorry just yards from his doorstep. The pensioner was making his way to the local mosque for prayers.

Saleh was airlifted to hospital after suffering head injuries, but died seven days later.

His devastated son Akram said the crash happened opposite the family home.

The first person on the scene was Saleh’s wife of more than 50 years, Zahra.

Akram said: “Dad was very popular and well respected in the community.

“It is particularly hard to take because he was incredibly fit and healthy.”

The Sampson Road Residents’ Association organised the demo and the petition.

Association vice-chairman Javed Khan said: “More than 40 people came out to take part in the protest to let the council know about the depth of feeling and concern in the area.

“We will expect a response to the petition within 28 days and we hope to see some kind of real action that reduces speed.

“A ‘20 is plenty policy’ would be okay, but it will have to be enforced. At the moment we have a 30mph limit and that is often ignored.”

MP Roger Godsiff (Labour, Hall Green), who is supporting the appeal, said: “Residents said that the time has now come to address the issue of road safety there.”

Mr Godsiff added he has written to the city council which has promised to work with local councillors over safety issues.

A 32-year-old delivery driver has attended a voluntary police interview about the October 29 accident. Witnesses can still call police on 101.