WORRIED residents have called for safety improvements on a Sheffield road after a boy was left fighting for life following a collision with a car.
The nine-year-old, who has not yet been named, suffered serious injuries after he ran into the path of a car travelling along Harborough Avenue, close to its junction with Fretson Road, Manor, on Monday afternoon.
He was taken to Sheffield Children’s Hospital, where he is now critical but stable.
Police said the youngster, who still has a close relative who has not yet been informed of the accident, ran into the path of a blue Honda Civic travelling towards Manor Park Centre.
The driver swerved to avoid the child but was unable to avoid a collision.
A neighbour said the boy’s immediate family were at his bedside in hospital but were struggling to contact a close relative to pass on the news.
Residents who live close to the crash scene said safety improvements are needed.
Denise Kamara, 38, said the junction, where three roads join each other, was ‘an accident blackspot’.
“I know of four accidents here in recent years but this is the first time anyone has been knocked over so I hope somebody listens to us now and realises that something needs to be done,” she said.
“There are too many junctions all joining Harborough Avenue at the same place.
“And one of the roads is a steep hill which kids race down on their bikes.
“Every time I see someone speeding past I look to make sure that they have stopped in time before reaching the main road.
“I have a 12-year-old and it is a nightmare wondering where he is and if he is safe.”
She said she saw the injured youngster hit by the car lying in the road after the collision on Monday.
“I heard a bang but assumed it was a lorry but when I looked outside I saw the young boy on the road with a coat covering him up and lots of people around him helping,” she added.
“Something needs to be done before it is too late.”
Mum-of-two Elisha Spence-Rains, 19, said: “This is the third or fourth accident I have known in a short space of time.
“My kids are too young to play out but if they ever do when they are older I hope the road has improved. It is a really busy road.”
Coun Leigh Bramall, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “This was a dreadful accident and my sympathy goes out to both the child and his family.
“I hope he makes a full and speedy recovery.
“We are always willing to talk to local people and listen to their concerns and the council will meet with the local Tenants And Residents Association and Community Assembly to work out if any further measures need to be taken in this area to improve road safety.”
n Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision. Anyone with information should contact South Yorkshire Police on 0114 220 2020 and quote incident number 690 of Monday, June 13.