No football for Alfie after car crush injury
firstname.lastname@example.org A promising young footballer has had to take time off from the game, after a motorist drove over his foot.
Alfie Norman, 11, who has played for Singleton and Great Chart FC for four years, was making his way home from The North School, Ashford, when the incident happened.
The under-12 goalie walked down to the crossing opposite Raj’s newsagent’s shop in Hythe Road and waited for the lights to change.
The Year 7 pupil said the green man was showing when he stepped out but a car drove through anyway.
Although the male driver slowed down as his vehicle, described as a long green car, ran over Alfie’s right foot, he did not stop.
Alfie, who lives in Smeeth, has a cast over his fractured foot and is on medication for the pain.
He said: “The light was red for them and green for me, so I put my foot out and the car went over it.
“It wasn’t that painful when it happened but it really hurt when they put the cast on as they had to bend my foot.
“It’s been really boring because I can’t play football every Sunday like I normally do. I want to be a professional player when I leave school.”
Alfie’s mum, Jackie, said she did not alert the police, as she felt the driver may not have realised what had happened.
But she is calling on drivers to be more careful after the incident, which happened at about 3.30pm on Friday, January 17.
She said: “I was quite angry when it happened, but Alfie’s dad and I didn’t feel we wanted to involve the police.
“From what happened, it seems like the guy maybe didn’t realise it had happened.
“I do think people need to be careful, especially on Hythe Road, and particularly at school kick-out time.
“Alfie did the right thing. He’s a bit fed up but I think he’s relishing the attention he’s getting from his mates.”
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ROAD INJURY: Alfie Norman, 11, recovering at home with mum Jackie