13-year-old boy is knocked down in Portsmouth street

POLICE The aftermath of the accident in Parsons Close, Hilsea
POLICE The aftermath of the accident in Parsons Close, Hilsea
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A 13-year-old boy has been taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital after being hit by a car.

The accident happened when the youngster tried to cross the road in Parsons Close in Hilsea, Portsmouth, at about 8.15pm yesterday.

He was hit by a black Audi saloon and the force of the impact damaged the vehicle’s windscreen.

Bystanders reported seeing the male driver of the car being driven away by police officers, who cordoned off the road until after 10pm.

The boy is recovering in Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, with injuries which are serious but not life threatening.

Sergeant Shaun Hopkins said: ‘He’s got a nasty bump on the head but it could have been a lot worse – this could have been a fatality.

‘Anywhere you have cars and pedestrians together like this there’s always the potential for a collision.

‘That’s why people need to be aware of what’s going on around them when they’re driving in areas like this.’

John Turner is a director of Hilsea Residents’ Company, which manages the estate, and said accidents in the road are extremely rare.

He said: ‘I can never remember anything like this happening before, this is normally a quiet area.

‘If he was driving at the 20mph speed limit then hopefully the boy isn’t badly hurt.’