Third child hit by car in Hartlepool since clocks went back

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ROAD safety chiefs are encouraging youngsters to make sure they can be seen by motorists after a third youngster was hit by a car since the clocks went back.

A 12-year-old girl was taken to hospital yesterday morning after she was struck by a car on Easington Road, Hartlepool.

The girl suffered a broken ankle in the third such incident to have happened on Hartlepool’s roads in just two weeks.

Road safety bosses at Hartlepool Borough Council have stressed how important it is for youngsters to wear bright clothing when travelling to and from school.

And they called on motorists to be extra vigilant during the dark mornings and afternoons.

Paul Watson, the council’s road safety team leader, said: “We are aware of the recent collisions happening in town as the police report them to us so we can look at why they happened.

“The simple thing for children walking or cycling to school at this time of year is to be bright and conspicuous and be aware that if you can’t see traffic there’s no way drivers can see them.

“A lot of bags have reflective strips on them and it is at least something visible for drivers.

“The message is really to watch out for each other, whether you are a cyclist or pedestrian or driver.

“Drivers should also keep an eye out and keep their speed down.”

The latest victim was hit by a car at around 8.30am yesterday on Easington Road close to Throston Grange Lane.

She was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees for treatment.

Just last week a nine-year-old boy miraculously escaped serious injuries when he was knocked down by a car and then run over by a van, also on Easington Road.

He escaped with a suspected broken leg and concussion.

And on Wednesday, October 30, nine-year-old Jak Smithson was left fighting for his life after being hit by a car at the junction of Ashgrove Place and Stockton Road, Hartlepool.

The St Aidan’s Primary School pupil was rushed to James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, and put in an induced coma until his condition stabilised.

Mr Watson said the road safety team works on projects with schools in areas where there have been collisions to increase awareness among pupils.