Stu­dent struck by car

Stirling Times - - Front Page - Laura Pond

THE City of Stir­ling is ask­ing po­lice to mon­i­tor a Wood­lands street af­ter a teenager was hit by a car.

Cas­tle Road res­i­dent Greg Odgers cap­tured on his dash­cam the mo­ment a car col­lided with a stu­dent rid­ing a bike on Thurs­day morn­ing.

He was re­vers­ing out of his drive­way when he saw the car turn­ing on to Cas­tle Road, from Mar­lock Road, hit the Year 10 Church­lands Se­nior High School stu­dent. The boy was thrown over the car bon­net but mirac­u­lously stood up and walked him­self to the verge.

“He was within a hair’s breadth of be­ing killed,” Mr Odgers said.

The boy was taken to hos­pi­tal where he re­ceived treat­ment for glass shards in his back and a deep lac­er­a­tion on his el­bow but was re­leased later that day and the footage was given to po­lice.

Mr Odgers has long been con­cerned about in­creased traf­fic in the area, first lob­by­ing the City for traf­fic calm­ing mea­sures in 2003.

He said Cas­tle Road and sur­round­ing roads were used as a rat run by driv­ers avoid­ing busy Pear­son and Liege streets and Scar­bor­ough Beach Road.

“A lot of kids use Cas­tle Road to ac­cess lo­cal schools in the area. I’ve of­ten thought to my­self ‘it’s just a mat­ter of time’ (un­til a se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent),” he said.

City in­fra­struc­ture di­rec­tor Michael Lit­tle­ton said it as­sessed traf­fic on the street af­ter re­ceiv­ing a pe­ti­tion from res­i­dents but the re­sult­ing in­for­ma­tion did not war­rant any ac­tion.

“Since that time, the City has con­tin­ued to mon­i­tor and as­sess traf­fic and crash sta­tis­tics along this road, un­der­tak­ing a traf­fic sur­vey as re­cently as Oc­to­ber 2018. While the City ap­pre­ci­ates the res­i­dent’s con­cerns, at this stage it would be dif­fi­cult to jus­tify treat­ments for this road as the traf­fic and crash sta­tis­tics are low,” he said.

Apart from Thurs­day’s col­li­sion, he said there was only one re­ported crash in the past five years. De­spite this, Mr Lit­tle­ton said the City would re­quest WA Po­lice mon­i­tor and en­force traf­fic on the road to “help al­le­vi­ate con­cerns”.

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