A MOTHER is calling for a new pedestrian crossing after her daughter was hit by a car on her way to school.

Freddie-Mae, 9, was left with grazing to her face after being struck by a car in Telscombe Cliffs Way on Monday.

She was hit directly outside Telscombe Cliffs Primary School and was taken to the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton.

Her mother, Jamielee Dalley, 28, has started a petition calling for a safe crossing in the road to prevent a child from being “seriously injured”.

It has now been signed by nearly 2,500 people.

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It reads: “On Monday my daughter was knocked by a car on her way to school.

“Her second week back at school, and her sixth time walking by herself.

“I watch her from my window, she gives me a wave and I watch her cross the road.

“Today we suffered a nasty shock, as after her wave she flew to the side of the road after being knocked over by a car. Although this was accidental, it isn’t the first and it won’t be the last time this has happened in this area.

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“Thankfully, apart from a few aches and bruises she is ok, but it could have been a lot worse. This could have been prevented, and I’ll do all that I can to make sure something like this doesn’t happen again, but first I need the help of our local community.

“Telscombe Cliffs Way is a busy road, and although it has islands and speed bumps to slow down the traffic, these often get ignored and it is still not a safe place for families and children to cross. Having a zebra crossing will not only give families a safe place to cross, but it’ll make drivers more aware to slow down and prepare to stop.

“Please join me in signing this petition to create a safer environment for our children’s journeys to school.”

Ms Dalley told The Argus: “I created this because every child deserves to get to school safely.

“We’re encouraging people to walk to school and not drive, but people do not want to walk to school if it’s dangerous.”

Telscombe Cliffs Primary School was contacted for comment.

An East Sussex County Council spokesman said: “We are sorry to hear about this accident and wish the young girl a speedy recovery.

“There are already a number of road safety measures in place along Telscombe Cliffs Way, including speed bumps and a 20mph zone. We have a very limited budget for road safety measures, but we are always happy to discuss concerns and assess whether further measures are appropriate.”

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: “We were called over a report of a collision between a car and a pedestrian in Telscombe Cliffs Way at 8.45am on Monday.

“Paramedics attended, and a girl was taken to the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton.”

To see the petition visit here.

It is not believed the police will be making any more enquiries into the accident.