Driver speaks out after Swanmore College pupil hit in accident

THE driver of a car involved in a collision with an 11-year-old boy outside a school has called for traffic measures on a busy road.

Friday, 23rd April 2021, 9:21 am

Parent Tayren Cottle, 46, was driving slowly when she said the youngster walked out into the road at Swanmore College.

She said she took him into the school and has offered to help with traffic at peak times.

She told The News: ‘Parents teachers, car drivers, pedestrians have to all be aware of their surroundings.’

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Headteacher Kyle Jonathan of Swanmore College is urging for a Pelican crossing to put in outside the college in New Road, Swanmore, after several near misses over the years. Picture: Sarah Standing (200421-6937)

Tayren, who said there was not a bus present when the accident happened, added: ‘We’ve also got children pushing each other into the road because they think it’s funny. We’re trying to pick up our kids but we’re dicing with death because the kids think they’re having a laugh.

‘I think (the crash) was a terrible mistake and I do think that we need measures in place.’

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Headteacher Kyle Jonathan raised the issue of the road in The News saying he was ‘tired’ of incidents.

A Hampshire County Council statement said: ‘As with all incidents like this, officers are checking with the police on the circumstances involved, and the safety record along the route is also being reviewed.

‘It is important that, where possible, all the factors that may have contributed to an incident are established first in order to determine the most appropriate course of action.

‘The county council’s Travel Planning team has already been in contact with the college to offer their support and the Road Safety Team will also make contact in due course.’

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