Residents tell of boy's cycle horror

SHOCKED residents have today told of the horrific moment a 12-year-old boy was left fighting for his life after being hit by a car.

Anthony Bond

SHOCKED residents have today told of the horrific moment a 12-year-old boy was left fighting for his life after being hit by a car.

The youngster, named locally as Bradley, is today in a critical condition in Addenbrooke's Hospital after he collided with the car while he was out riding his bike.

The collision happened in Landseer Road, close to the junction with Wynterton Close, at about 7.25pm on Saturday.

Witnesses said the woman driving the silver Peugeot 206 GTI which collided with the youngster was extremely upset and jumped straight out of her car to help him. It is believed her daughter who was in the car knew the boy from school.

People attending a function at nearby Gainsborough Labour & Social Club also rushed to the scene to help.

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Susan Tether, 60, who lives in Landseer Road close to where the accident happened, said: “I just heard the impact. I thought that two cars had collided with each other but I looked out of the window and saw the boy on the floor.

“People rushed over from the club and some said they knew his name. The driver was very upset and she had her young daughter with her who said she knew the boy. She knew his name.

All the woman kept saying was 'I just saw his face at the windscreen'.”

Jason Cook, 36, of Landseer Road said a large group of people rushed to help the youngster following the collision.

He said: “We saw him lying on the floor. There was lots of people about and people were not to sure what to do with him but the paramedics got there really quickly in just a couple of minutes.

John Last, secretary of the Landseer/Nacton Road Action Group, said: “I heard that the lady involved said that he came out from behind a vehicle and she had nowhere to go.”

A spokesman for Suffolk Police said that although the youngster had had a comfortable night on Saturday, he was still in a critical condition. The road was closed following the incident and reopened at 10.30pm.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Pc Paul Carr at the Serious Collision Investigations Unit on 01473 613500.

RESIDENTS living in Landseer Road said they had concerns about the safety of the road.

Father-of-two Jason Cook said: “The traffic and the lorries on the road are terrible. We do not let our children play out on the front or even in the passageway. It is terrible.”

John Last, secretary of Landseer/Nacton Road Action Group, said he had lots of concerns about the road.

He added: “We have been trying for years to get an East Bank link road which would remove all the heavy goods vehicles.

“It is quite a busy road and at the last count that we did just over 1100 vehicles passed in a 15-hour period.

“Parents must be concerned because we have got four schools in the area with kids up and down the road all day.”