No foot­ball for Al­fie af­ter car crush in­jury

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - ‘when I Saw The Car I Burst Out Crying’ - By Tim Collins

tcollins@thek­m­ 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.”

What do you think? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford TN24 8JR or email ken­tish­ex­press@ thek­m­

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM3004987

ROAD IN­JURY: Al­fie Nor­man, 11, re­cov­er­ing at home with mum Jackie

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