Boy, 8, hit by car, in­jured out­side school

Southern Telegraph - - News - Cal­lum Hunter

An eight-year-old boy was struck by a car in Bal­divis last week, leav­ing him with a frac­tured leg.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred on the cor­ner of Smirk Road and Camelot Street near Tuart Rise Pri­mary School af­ter the boy ran onto the road with­out check­ing for on­com­ing cars about 2.53pm last Wednes­day. The driver of the Suzuki hatch­back was al­ready be­gin­ning to slow down for the ap­proach­ing school zone when the boy ran out in front of the ve­hi­cle.

Tuart Rise Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Gary Cro­cetta de­clined to com­ment on the in­ci­dent, while the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion said it would not com­ment be­cause the in­ci­dent hap­pened out­side its ju­ris­dic­tion. Bal­divis MLA Reece Whitby said the ac­ci­dent was “a real shame” given the school now had a cross­ing zone and was wait­ing for a war­den to be­gin.

“It was a real shame this has hap­pened be­cause the school cross­ing has been ap­proved, is marked up and ready to use but the school is just wait­ing for an at­ten­dant to come, but we don’t know when that will be,” he said.

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