Air ambulance called as boy, 12, is knocked over in Carden Avenue in Brighton

The scene around the air ambulance

The scene around the air ambulance

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A 12-year-old was taken to hospital with serious injuries after being hit by a car.

The air ambulance was scrambled and Carden Avenue, Brighton was closed yesterday lunchtime, after the youngster was hit by a Mercedes.

Last night a police spokesman said the boy’s injuries were serious but not life threatening. He added that no arrests had been made.

Colin Brand, 45, was working in his driveway in the road at 12.30pm when he heard a skid and a bang.

He said: “I rushed over and saw him lying there. Initially I thought it was my son because he had the same colour top.

“He was unconscious to start with and I feared the worst. After a minute he came round and I tried to comfort him and tell him everything was OK.

“He started trying to move and he was clearly in a lot of pain.”

The emergency services were called and the police and paramedics were on the scene within minutes. The air ambulance landed in Carden Park.

The female driver of the car, a black Mercedes C200 Kompressor, is understood to have had her own child in the back when she hit the boy.

Mr Brand added: “She was clearly in shock. She was worried about her own child and she kept saying: ‘He came out of nowhere’.

“We invited her in to calm down while it was all going on outside.”

“There was quite a bit of blood but he was a lot better by the time the paramedics were here. Fingers crossed he is going to be OK.”

After a road ambulance had taken the boy to the Royal Sussex County Hospital – the air ambulance was not required – Mr Brand helped police redirect traffic as they cleared the scene.

The Mercedes had a dent in the front of the bonnet and grill.

A Sussex Police spokesman said the boy was taken to hospital with at least one of his parents.

The road was open to traffic again shortly after 2pm.

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7:29am Mon 1 Sep 14

Wide Bertha says...

reassuring to know Mercedes Benz cars now come with a grill...
reassuring to know Mercedes Benz cars now come with a grill... Wide Bertha
  • Score: -16

8:49am Mon 1 Sep 14

Withdean-er says...

Did the police close the road for 5 hours for analysis?

Wonder what speed the Merc was going at?
Did the police close the road for 5 hours for analysis? Wonder what speed the Merc was going at? Withdean-er
  • Score: -22

9:43am Mon 1 Sep 14

ok,jared says...

Wide Bertha wrote:
reassuring to know Mercedes Benz cars now come with a grill...
And this one comes with a booy.
[quote][p][bold]Wide Bertha[/bold] wrote: reassuring to know Mercedes Benz cars now come with a grill...[/p][/quote]And this one comes with a booy. ok,jared
  • Score: -87

9:53am Mon 1 Sep 14

gheese77 says...

Withdean-er wrote:
Did the police close the road for 5 hours for analysis?

Wonder what speed the Merc was going at?
Not 20 mph thats for sure !
[quote][p][bold]Withdean-er[/bold] wrote: Did the police close the road for 5 hours for analysis? Wonder what speed the Merc was going at?[/p][/quote]Not 20 mph thats for sure ! gheese77
  • Score: 6

10:02am Mon 1 Sep 14

ok,jared says...

"A Sussex Police spokesman said the boy was taken to hospital with at least one of his parents. "

Struggling to count as high as two?

*facepalm*
"A Sussex Police spokesman said the boy was taken to hospital with at least one of his parents. " Struggling to count as high as two? *facepalm* ok,jared
  • Score: -88

11:38am Mon 1 Sep 14

Withdean-er says...

The driver just cannot understand it. One second she's checking her much cherished iphone, a gorgeous little device that allows instant access to facebook and instagram, then thud, the lad hits the car. So sudden.
The driver just cannot understand it. One second she's checking her much cherished iphone, a gorgeous little device that allows instant access to facebook and instagram, then thud, the lad hits the car. So sudden. Withdean-er
  • Score: -22

2:43pm Mon 1 Sep 14

winewomenandsong says...

gheese77 wrote:
Withdean-er wrote:
Did the police close the road for 5 hours for analysis?

Wonder what speed the Merc was going at?
Not 20 mph thats for sure !
Speed? Quite a lick if the dent in the bonnet and grill were caused by the impact.
[quote][p][bold]gheese77[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Withdean-er[/bold] wrote: Did the police close the road for 5 hours for analysis? Wonder what speed the Merc was going at?[/p][/quote]Not 20 mph thats for sure ![/p][/quote]Speed? Quite a lick if the dent in the bonnet and grill were caused by the impact. winewomenandsong
  • Score: 5

7:10pm Mon 1 Sep 14

normal working person says...

As a mother, it is one of our worst nightmares for one of our children to be hit by a car. I certainly hope the lad is ok and i am thinking about his family. But nowhere has this article reported that the driver WAS driving at speed, it certainly hasn't said that the driver was "One second she's checking her much cherished iphone, a gorgeous little device that allows instant access to facebook and instagram, then thud, the lad hits the car."

Unfortunately children run out into roads. It happens. If i was the driver i would be mortified and deeply upset, especially if there had been absolutely no way of stopping the car in time.

Children do appear 'in a flash' when they run out into a road.
As a mother, it is one of our worst nightmares for one of our children to be hit by a car. I certainly hope the lad is ok and i am thinking about his family. But nowhere has this article reported that the driver WAS driving at speed, it certainly hasn't said that the driver was "One second she's checking her much cherished iphone, a gorgeous little device that allows instant access to facebook and instagram, then thud, the lad hits the car." Unfortunately children run out into roads. It happens. If i was the driver i would be mortified and deeply upset, especially if there had been absolutely no way of stopping the car in time. Children do appear 'in a flash' when they run out into a road. normal working person
  • Score: 19

7:28pm Mon 1 Sep 14

hollingbury housewife says...

If this is the child I believe him to be I am not surprised this awful accident has happened. Whilst visiting my daughter about a month ago (a road of Portland Rd) I had to pull over in my car and have a word with the young boy. He was cycling down the one way street into oncoming traffic. If i had known where he lived i would have knocked at his parents door, he had no sense of danger to the cars coming his way. I hope he has a speedy recovery, and the driver of the car was adhering to the speed limits but i also hope his parents teach him about road safety.
If this is the child I believe him to be I am not surprised this awful accident has happened. Whilst visiting my daughter about a month ago (a road of Portland Rd) I had to pull over in my car and have a word with the young boy. He was cycling down the one way street into oncoming traffic. If i had known where he lived i would have knocked at his parents door, he had no sense of danger to the cars coming his way. I hope he has a speedy recovery, and the driver of the car was adhering to the speed limits but i also hope his parents teach him about road safety. hollingbury housewife
  • Score: 16

8:10pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Fred'smate says...

There is no indication that the driver showed any remorse for what had happened to this child, and I can appreciate why she might not have any.

As has been said, some children have a flagrant disregard to the dangers they face on our roads.

There is no suggestion that the driver was at fault, which means that the child was.
There is no indication that the driver showed any remorse for what had happened to this child, and I can appreciate why she might not have any. As has been said, some children have a flagrant disregard to the dangers they face on our roads. There is no suggestion that the driver was at fault, which means that the child was. Fred'smate
  • Score: -2

10:32pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Diggers' says...

What has happened to society! Why or the doom and gloom. The boys going be ok he's down to 8 lifes. Fair to many in Brighton&hove still play with mobiles while driving. I have given up driving to work in Brighton its quicker by bike. But still you get others on mobiles on bikes. The foreign students are the worst for walking out in front of you or blocking the pavement by bus stops there's another subject
What has happened to society! Why or the doom and gloom. The boys going be ok he's down to 8 lifes. Fair to many in Brighton&hove still play with mobiles while driving. I have given up driving to work in Brighton its quicker by bike. But still you get others on mobiles on bikes. The foreign students are the worst for walking out in front of you or blocking the pavement by bus stops there's another subject Diggers'
  • Score: -8

10:34pm Mon 1 Sep 14

winewomenandsong says...

hollingbury housewife wrote:
If this is the child I believe him to be I am not surprised this awful accident has happened. Whilst visiting my daughter about a month ago (a road of Portland Rd) I had to pull over in my car and have a word with the young boy. He was cycling down the one way street into oncoming traffic. If i had known where he lived i would have knocked at his parents door, he had no sense of danger to the cars coming his way. I hope he has a speedy recovery, and the driver of the car was adhering to the speed limits but i also hope his parents teach him about road safety.
Wth respect h h I can't fathom where you are coming from? Why do you believe the lad involved in the accident at Carden Avenue (a pedestrian from reading the report) is the same person you admonished for riding his bicycle against oncoming traffic down a one-way street in the Portland Road area?
[quote][p][bold]hollingbury housewife[/bold] wrote: If this is the child I believe him to be I am not surprised this awful accident has happened. Whilst visiting my daughter about a month ago (a road of Portland Rd) I had to pull over in my car and have a word with the young boy. He was cycling down the one way street into oncoming traffic. If i had known where he lived i would have knocked at his parents door, he had no sense of danger to the cars coming his way. I hope he has a speedy recovery, and the driver of the car was adhering to the speed limits but i also hope his parents teach him about road safety.[/p][/quote]Wth respect h h I can't fathom where you are coming from? Why do you believe the lad involved in the accident at Carden Avenue (a pedestrian from reading the report) is the same person you admonished for riding his bicycle against oncoming traffic down a one-way street in the Portland Road area? winewomenandsong
  • Score: 16

12:16am Tue 2 Sep 14

Fred'smate says...

winewomenandsong wrote:
hollingbury housewife wrote:
If this is the child I believe him to be I am not surprised this awful accident has happened. Whilst visiting my daughter about a month ago (a road of Portland Rd) I had to pull over in my car and have a word with the young boy. He was cycling down the one way street into oncoming traffic. If i had known where he lived i would have knocked at his parents door, he had no sense of danger to the cars coming his way. I hope he has a speedy recovery, and the driver of the car was adhering to the speed limits but i also hope his parents teach him about road safety.
Wth respect h h I can't fathom where you are coming from? Why do you believe the lad involved in the accident at Carden Avenue (a pedestrian from reading the report) is the same person you admonished for riding his bicycle against oncoming traffic down a one-way street in the Portland Road area?
She did outline her reason for believing that she'd spoken with him previously.

Both children seem to have a lack of respect for the road, albeit shown in different ways.

It matters not. What is important is that children should be taught that respect without the need for harsh lessons that one received today.
[quote][p][bold]winewomenandsong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hollingbury housewife[/bold] wrote: If this is the child I believe him to be I am not surprised this awful accident has happened. Whilst visiting my daughter about a month ago (a road of Portland Rd) I had to pull over in my car and have a word with the young boy. He was cycling down the one way street into oncoming traffic. If i had known where he lived i would have knocked at his parents door, he had no sense of danger to the cars coming his way. I hope he has a speedy recovery, and the driver of the car was adhering to the speed limits but i also hope his parents teach him about road safety.[/p][/quote]Wth respect h h I can't fathom where you are coming from? Why do you believe the lad involved in the accident at Carden Avenue (a pedestrian from reading the report) is the same person you admonished for riding his bicycle against oncoming traffic down a one-way street in the Portland Road area?[/p][/quote]She did outline her reason for believing that she'd spoken with him previously. Both children seem to have a lack of respect for the road, albeit shown in different ways. It matters not. What is important is that children should be taught that respect without the need for harsh lessons that one received today. Fred'smate
  • Score: -34

9:58am Tue 2 Sep 14

Fred'smate says...

Has Motorcyclist ever actually discussed a topic on here?

All I see from him is abuse.

http://www.theargus.
co.uk/news/11440561.
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Has Motorcyclist ever actually discussed a topic on here? All I see from him is abuse. http://www.theargus. co.uk/news/11440561. Child___s_foot_crush ed_by_falling_bollar d/?action=success#co mments Fred'smate
  • Score: -2

10:58pm Tue 2 Sep 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

normal working person wrote:
As a mother, it is one of our worst nightmares for one of our children to be hit by a car. I certainly hope the lad is ok and i am thinking about his family. But nowhere has this article reported that the driver WAS driving at speed, it certainly hasn't said that the driver was "One second she's checking her much cherished iphone, a gorgeous little device that allows instant access to facebook and instagram, then thud, the lad hits the car."

Unfortunately children run out into roads. It happens. If i was the driver i would be mortified and deeply upset, especially if there had been absolutely no way of stopping the car in time.

Children do appear 'in a flash' when they run out into a road.
If there's a dent on the car and it's a merc, they are well built, this woman driver was definitely going far too fast.
[quote][p][bold]normal working person[/bold] wrote: As a mother, it is one of our worst nightmares for one of our children to be hit by a car. I certainly hope the lad is ok and i am thinking about his family. But nowhere has this article reported that the driver WAS driving at speed, it certainly hasn't said that the driver was "One second she's checking her much cherished iphone, a gorgeous little device that allows instant access to facebook and instagram, then thud, the lad hits the car." Unfortunately children run out into roads. It happens. If i was the driver i would be mortified and deeply upset, especially if there had been absolutely no way of stopping the car in time. Children do appear 'in a flash' when they run out into a road.[/p][/quote]If there's a dent on the car and it's a merc, they are well built, this woman driver was definitely going far too fast. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 1

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