Dualling campaigner Anne-Marie Trevelyan has called for urgent upgrades to the A1 in north Northumberland following the latest fatal crash.
An 81-year-old woman, believed to be from the South Shields area, died after a collision near Haggerston on December 23.
It came as the outcome of a feasibility study into the full dualling of the road between Berwick and Morpeth is awaited.
Mrs Trevelyan, co-founder of the A1 Action Group and Conservative parliamentary candidate for Berwick, said: “My first thought was gosh another family whose Christmas is completely devastated by an unnecessary fatality due to a stretch of road that for far too long has been allowed to remain in a poor quality in the 21st century.
“It motivates me sadly yet again to keep pushing forward to make sure that the feasibility report comes out as soon as possible in 2014 so that we can push for funding in next year’s budget.
“It is just a tragedy of yet another family whose family unit is destroyed by something that should have been invested in for the north east’s benefit.”
The victim was travelling in a Nissan Note which collided with an articulated lorry 100 yards north of Haggerston at just before 12pm.
Two fire crews from Berwick cut the woman from her car. She was passed to paramedics who treated her at the roadside and was then put in an ambulance to be taken to Wansbeck General Hospital, but died en route.
The lorry driver, a 55-year-old man, escaped injury.
The road was closed for several hours for investigations and vehicle recovery.
Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact police on 101, extension 69191.