Child, 8, is latest victim on South Yorkshire’s roads

mitchellBS''Mitchell Mason two months after the accident, learning to walk and talk again. Pictured with Mum, Leasa Ward

mitchellBS''Mitchell Mason two months after the accident, learning to walk and talk again. Pictured with Mum, Leasa Ward

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An eight-year-old child has become the latest casualty on South Yorkshire’s roads – as figures were released showing 12 pedestrians are injured or killed every week.

The youngster was taken to Sheffield Children’s Hospital after being struck by a car on West Street, in the city centre, at about 8.30am yesterday.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Police were called to reports of a collision between a pedestrian and a car. The eight-year-old child was conscious and breathing but we are unable to reveal full details of their injuries at this stage.

“The driver of the vehicle involved has been arrested on suspicion of being over the drink-drive limit.”

Delays built up around the scene of the collision, near the Oxfam shop, affecting people travelling into the city centre to work in yesterday morning’s rush hour.

The collision happened as The Star revealed 638 pedestrians were killed or injured in 2012 – an average of almost two every day.

Leasa Ward, aged 37, whose son Mitchell was left with life-threatening injuries after being hit by a car on Manor, Sheffield, in 2011, said she was ‘shocked’ by the figures.

Campaigners have called for a blanket 20mph limit for residential streets around Sheffield to reduce the chances of pedestrians being hit by cars.

Sheffield Council has pledged funding to set up 20mph zones around the city – several of which are going through the approval process.

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