Student struck by car
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”.