Rotherham boy knocked off bike fights for his life

Jac Ashurst
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A SCHOOLBOY was left fighting for his life after being knocked off his bike yards from his father’s flat.

Nine-year-old Jac Ashurst suffered life-threatening head injuries in the crash in Rotherham.

He was riding his bike on Richmond Park Road, Kimberworth, when he was hit by a black Peugeot 307.

His parents Gary Ashurst, aged 49, and 46-year-old Jane Shirtliffe immediately ran out into the street to find their son badly injured after he was thrown off his bicycle.

Jac was rushed to Sheffield Children’s Hospital, where he was last night being treated for severe brain swelling, a fractured pelvis and two broken legs.

Gary said he was still in shock following the crash on Thursday at about 6.10pm.

The unemployed glazier said: “It’s a shocking thing, we don’t know what’s going to happen.

“He’s been put into a coma because they don’t want him to come round from his head injuries yet.”

Gary said Jane - who lives nearby - screamed for him to come outside when she realised Jac, a pupil at Blackburn Primary School, had been hit.

He said: “She saw Jac’s bike on the road - she knew it was his because it was gold-coloured.

“There was a car further up the road all smashed up with a big dent in the bonnet and his bike was in bits.

“They’re keeping him in hospital. We don’t know if he’s going to come round.

“I feel shaken up.”

The crash happened about 30m from the junction with Sopewell Road. The Peugeot driver, a 56-year-old man from Kimberworth, was not injured.

Donna Wild, 46, who lived opposite the scene, said she saw Jac cycling out into the road shortly before hearing a loud bang.

The 46-year-old, a carer for elderly people, said: “He came from the flats across the road and I saw him go into the road towards the bus stop. I thought he had been hit by doing it again.

“I heard a bang and looked out of the window. He was lying in the road, it was quite horrible. I went running out.

“I could see he was really badly injured. It was pretty upsetting, I’m used to seeing him playing out on his bike, he’s lovely, a typical little boy.”

A spokeswoman for South Yorkshire Police said: “At about 6.10pm on Thursday, a black Peugeot 307 driven by a 56-year-old man from Kimberworth, is believed to have been travelling on Richmond Park Avenue in the direction of Meadowhall Road.

“About 30m from the junction with Sopewell Road it is reported that a nine-year-old boy on a bicycle emerged from the nearside kerb, colliding with the front of the vehicle.”

Witnesses or anyone with information should call 101, quoting incident number 949 of September 27.