Mum’s horror as son, 4, hit by car

Kathleen Hannam and son Alfie who was hit by a car while crossing the A22

Kathleen Hannam and son Alfie who was hit by a car while crossing the A22

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A MOTHER whose young son was hit by a car said the accident was every parent’s worst nightmare.

Mother-of-three Kathleen Hannam, 29, was walking her four-year-old son Alfie to school on Monday morning when he was hit by a car as they crossed the road.

They were walking to the bus stop just a two-minute walk from their home in Court Lodge Close, Lower Dicker, with Alfie’s sisters Tiffany, one, and Charlie, seven.

Ms Hannam said: “We were waiting to cross the A22. We stopped and looked, and there were quite a lot of cars.

“A lady in a small silver car slowed down to let us cross onto the island in the middle of the road.

“I looked back and Alfie wasn’t with us. He ran out into the road and was hit.

“Me and my eldest daughter both screamed and he flew backwards and landed about 15ft away from where he was hit.”

She said a lady from the Metamorphosis Interiors shop rushed out to help her keep Alfie calm as they waited for an ambulance.

Ms Hannam said she “feared the worst” for her son, a pupil at Marshlands Primary School in Hailsham.

She added: “It was every mother’s worst nightmare.”

Police officers cordoned off the road and Alfie was taken by ambulance to the Royal Sussex County Hospital at Brighton.

His mother said: “He was a lucky little boy to come out with just bruising and a broken collar bone.”

The accident has spurred Ms Hannam to campaign for a pedestrian crossing on the road where Alfie was hit.

She said there are several young families living on their estate and she does not believe the pedestrian facilities are adequate for the school run.

She said: “I am going to start a petition to get a crossing put at that point.

“I have already got in touch with East Sussex County Council to tell them what has happened.”

Anyone with information about the accident should call Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 171 of 2/6 or email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk.

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12:10pm Thu 5 Jun 14

spa301 says...

Glad to hear Alfie's ok.
Am I correct to deduce he was hit by the lady in the silver car who had slowed down to let them cross?
Glad to hear Alfie's ok. Am I correct to deduce he was hit by the lady in the silver car who had slowed down to let them cross? spa301
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12:18pm Thu 5 Jun 14

LB says...

spa301 wrote:
Glad to hear Alfie's ok.
Am I correct to deduce he was hit by the lady in the silver car who had slowed down to let them cross?
"to lull them into a false sense of security" if it was :(
[quote][p][bold]spa301[/bold] wrote: Glad to hear Alfie's ok. Am I correct to deduce he was hit by the lady in the silver car who had slowed down to let them cross?[/p][/quote]"to lull them into a false sense of security" if it was :( LB
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12:29pm Thu 5 Jun 14

cleggandbacon says...

I pray Alfie is OK but - 4 year old Alfie left to cross a busy road unsupervised .............?
I pray Alfie is OK but - 4 year old Alfie left to cross a busy road unsupervised .............? cleggandbacon
  • Score: 29

12:47pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Quiterie says...

Alfie, Tiffany, Charlie.......... I sense these are children Katie Hopkins wouldn't let her kids play with........
Alfie, Tiffany, Charlie.......... I sense these are children Katie Hopkins wouldn't let her kids play with........ Quiterie
  • Score: 13

1:25pm Thu 5 Jun 14

paul76 says...

Very sad, but try holding your 4 year olds hand when crossing a busy main road. The accident waiting to happen sounds like it was with the mother not supervising her child properly.
Very sad, but try holding your 4 year olds hand when crossing a busy main road. The accident waiting to happen sounds like it was with the mother not supervising her child properly. paul76
  • Score: 35

1:39pm Thu 5 Jun 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

There isn't an island anywhere near that shop.

It looks like the females crossed to the island, the silver car set off after kindly stopping for them, and the boy dashed across when his mother beckoned him to join them on the island. Did she check that the road was clear for him? For him to be thrown 15 feet, the car will have been travelling far faster than the silver car would have done.

I'm pleased that he's escaped serious injury.
There isn't an island anywhere near that shop. It looks like the females crossed to the island, the silver car set off after kindly stopping for them, and the boy dashed across when his mother beckoned him to join them on the island. Did she check that the road was clear for him? For him to be thrown 15 feet, the car will have been travelling far faster than the silver car would have done. I'm pleased that he's escaped serious injury. ZeeGee, ffs
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1:57pm Thu 5 Jun 14

her professional says...

Yes, let's look for someone to blame, anything as long as there are no further speed restrictions adding a few seconds to peoples' car journeys.
Yes, let's look for someone to blame, anything as long as there are no further speed restrictions adding a few seconds to peoples' car journeys. her professional
  • Score: -4

2:03pm Thu 5 Jun 14

kopite_rob says...

her professional wrote:
Yes, let's look for someone to blame, anything as long as there are no further speed restrictions adding a few seconds to peoples' car journeys.
You'l upset all those who "have nothing against 20mph zones outside schools, but don't want them in their road" , but haven't realised kids don't magically teleport to get there.
[quote][p][bold]her professional[/bold] wrote: Yes, let's look for someone to blame, anything as long as there are no further speed restrictions adding a few seconds to peoples' car journeys.[/p][/quote]You'l upset all those who "have nothing against 20mph zones outside schools, but don't want them in their road" , but haven't realised kids don't magically teleport to get there. kopite_rob
  • Score: -3

2:14pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Preyrun says...

Amazed drivers seeing a mother crossing the road with three children do not slow down and allow her to cross,giving up ten seconds is not too much to ask surely.
Amazed drivers seeing a mother crossing the road with three children do not slow down and allow her to cross,giving up ten seconds is not too much to ask surely. Preyrun
  • Score: -2

3:30pm Thu 5 Jun 14

MzEden1 says...

Hope the little one gets better soon, must have been very scary for all involved but could also have been simply avoided.
In future, get your child to either hold your hand, his sisters hand or the buggy before crossing to ensure that he's safe.
Its called looking after your children. Its something we did in the old days before everyone blamed everyone else for anything that went wrong!
Hope the little one gets better soon, must have been very scary for all involved but could also have been simply avoided. In future, get your child to either hold your hand, his sisters hand or the buggy before crossing to ensure that he's safe. Its called looking after your children. Its something we did in the old days before everyone blamed everyone else for anything that went wrong! MzEden1
  • Score: 18

3:44pm Thu 5 Jun 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

This is why many should not have more than two children - one hand to hold each child's hand.
This is why many should not have more than two children - one hand to hold each child's hand. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 5

3:28am Fri 6 Jun 14

The Wolfie says...

So yet another STUPID mother that has been allowed to breed can't look after her offspring?!

Look the dumbass up at least stop her reproducing any further.
So yet another STUPID mother that has been allowed to breed can't look after her offspring?! Look the dumbass up at least stop her reproducing any further. The Wolfie
  • Score: 4

8:54am Fri 6 Jun 14

gg666g says...

Great parenting, A PROPER mother would make sure ALL her children are with her when crossing the road!!!
Great parenting, A PROPER mother would make sure ALL her children are with her when crossing the road!!! gg666g
  • Score: 2

10:27am Fri 6 Jun 14

plantwoman says...

Why do parents not use reins for their kids these days - is it because it's not 'cool'? I'd rather be uncool than dead!
Why do parents not use reins for their kids these days - is it because it's not 'cool'? I'd rather be uncool than dead! plantwoman
  • Score: -1

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