Updated: Baby in critical condition after crash on Ongar Road, Brentwood

Echo: Police at the scene on Friday Police at the scene on Friday

POLICE have questioned a 75-year old woman driver in connection with a serious crash that has left a six month old baby battling for his life.

The baby is in a critical condition in Great ormond Street hospital after a silver Volkswagen Polo hit his buggy as his mother pushed him over a pedestrian crossing.

The tragic crash took place at 11am on Friday, in Ongar Road, near the junction with Doddinghurst Road.

Police have described the baby as being in a critical condition, but said the mother is unhurt.

Paramedics and police rushed to the scene and the mother and baby, who are from Doddinghurst, were airlifted to Royal London hospital.

A section of the road was closed while police carried out investigations.

The elderly driver will be interviewed again at a later date.

Any witnesses are asked to contact the road policing unit at Chigwell on 0300 333 4444, and ask for Pc Al Cuthbertson.

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2:44pm Fri 13 Nov 09

essex22 says...

aww hope the baby makes fast recovery
aww hope the baby makes fast recovery essex22

5:21pm Sat 14 Nov 09

Horace Wimpole says...

Thoughts and prayers with this tiny lad and his family.

Ongar Road is a deathtrap full of moronic speeding drivers at the best of times, but you think you'd be safe on a crossing in broad daylight wouldn't you.
Thoughts and prayers with this tiny lad and his family. Ongar Road is a deathtrap full of moronic speeding drivers at the best of times, but you think you'd be safe on a crossing in broad daylight wouldn't you. Horace Wimpole

1:09pm Wed 18 Nov 09

mrsandre says...

SaveOurStanford wrote:
About time the Lady handed back the licence and got her bus pass.
Well said..
[quote][p][bold]SaveOurStanford[/bold] wrote: About time the Lady handed back the licence and got her bus pass.[/p][/quote]Well said.. mrsandre

2:48pm Wed 18 Nov 09

StuckInTraffic says...

SaveOurStanford wrote:
About time the Lady handed back the licence and got her bus pass.
I don't think you can really say that. There has been no statement that says it was her fault. We do not, none of us, know the full circumstances so should not act as judge and jury, and possibly incriminate an innocent party. I do hope the baby makes a full recovery, my thoughts are with all those involved in this horrific accident.
[quote][p][bold]SaveOurStanford[/bold] wrote: About time the Lady handed back the licence and got her bus pass.[/p][/quote]I don't think you can really say that. There has been no statement that says it was her fault. We do not, none of us, know the full circumstances so should not act as judge and jury, and possibly incriminate an innocent party. I do hope the baby makes a full recovery, my thoughts are with all those involved in this horrific accident. StuckInTraffic

10:19pm Wed 18 Nov 09

aniebor says...

I can confirm that unfortunately baby boy has died due to the injuries. One of my friends know the baby`s mother, so I believe it is true, what she says. What a shame, life can be so cruel.
I can confirm that unfortunately baby boy has died due to the injuries. One of my friends know the baby`s mother, so I believe it is true, what she says. What a shame, life can be so cruel. aniebor

12:36am Thu 19 Nov 09

StuckInTraffic says...

A very sad end to a horrific story. It is a tragedy when anyone is taken from us, but a baby makes it so much harder. Let's all hope those affected by this have the strength to pull through this very difficult time. I know how hard this is, and my heart fully goes out to them. They will need lots of time and lots of support from family and friends. It does get easier, but it takes time.
A very sad end to a horrific story. It is a tragedy when anyone is taken from us, but a baby makes it so much harder. Let's all hope those affected by this have the strength to pull through this very difficult time. I know how hard this is, and my heart fully goes out to them. They will need lots of time and lots of support from family and friends. It does get easier, but it takes time. StuckInTraffic

8:34am Thu 19 Nov 09

sxgal says...

this is soo sad, only 6months old, just startin out in life, 2 have happened on fri 13th 2, sooo awful, hope the parents, n family n friends of this little boy are coping well, i have 2 children 1 almost the same age as this little boy i would 4b in bits if i was 2 loose either, thoughts go out 2 all those involved
this is soo sad, only 6months old, just startin out in life, 2 have happened on fri 13th 2, sooo awful, hope the parents, n family n friends of this little boy are coping well, i have 2 children 1 almost the same age as this little boy i would 4b in bits if i was 2 loose either, thoughts go out 2 all those involved sxgal

1:05pm Thu 19 Nov 09

R85 says...

Cars legally have to stop for pedestrian crossings. Shes 75 & a woman, a catastrophic combination, what are the chances it wasnt her fault? Nil.
Cars legally have to stop for pedestrian crossings. Shes 75 & a woman, a catastrophic combination, what are the chances it wasnt her fault? Nil. R85

2:27pm Thu 19 Nov 09

VANGE LES says...

R85 wrote:
Cars legally have to stop for pedestrian crossings. Shes 75 & a woman, a catastrophic combination, what are the chances it wasnt her fault? Nil.
I realise pedestrians have the right of way over road traffic at pedestrian crossings, but as a driver I know that they often don't wait for the traffic to react - they're just walking down the pavement and they'll suddenly do a 90 degree turn and walk straight onto a crossing without even checking that the traffic has seen them, then they expect vehicles to stop immediately (even on wet roads).
I'm not saying this is what happened in Ongar Road, just pointing out a few facts.
[quote][p][bold]R85[/bold] wrote: Cars legally have to stop for pedestrian crossings. Shes 75 & a woman, a catastrophic combination, what are the chances it wasnt her fault? Nil. [/p][/quote]I realise pedestrians have the right of way over road traffic at pedestrian crossings, but as a driver I know that they often don't wait for the traffic to react - they're just walking down the pavement and they'll suddenly do a 90 degree turn and walk straight onto a crossing without even checking that the traffic has seen them, then they expect vehicles to stop immediately (even on wet roads). I'm not saying this is what happened in Ongar Road, just pointing out a few facts. VANGE LES

4:22pm Thu 19 Nov 09

StuckInTraffic says...

Read the Highway Code. This section refers to pedestrians using Zebra crossings.
"Give traffic plenty of time to see you and to stop before you start to cross. Vehicles will need more time when the road is slippery. Wait until traffic has stopped from both directions or the road is clear before crossing. Remember that traffic does not have to stop until someone has moved onto the crossing. Keep looking both ways, and listening, in case a driver or rider has not seen you and attempts to overtake a vehicle that has stopped."

As I said before, we do not know the facts so should not go finger pointing, it will not help anyone.
Read the Highway Code. This section refers to pedestrians using Zebra crossings. "Give traffic plenty of time to see you and to stop before you start to cross. Vehicles will need more time when the road is slippery. Wait until traffic has stopped from both directions or the road is clear before crossing. Remember that traffic does not have to stop until someone has moved onto the crossing. Keep looking both ways, and listening, in case a driver or rider has not seen you and attempts to overtake a vehicle that has stopped." As I said before, we do not know the facts so should not go finger pointing, it will not help anyone. StuckInTraffic

1:30pm Sun 29 Nov 09

spokenmind says...

Oh please! *rolls eyes* It is mandatory for drivers to be familiar with the Highway Code, but how many non-drivers do you know who have read it?
How can anyone seriously believe that the old woman driving was not to blame? Is it really likely that the child's mother deliberately shoved her baby out in front of a moving car without looking? She went to the effort of using a zebra crossing... Please don't insult this poor woman any further by suggesting that the death of her son was potentially her fault!
Those of you defending the driver in this news story should use a little common sense and objectivity, she drove into a child on a zebra crossing and now he is dead. It was her fault and her's alone!
My every sympathy is with the mother of the baby. I hope that she will eventually be able to find peace.
Oh please! *rolls eyes* It is mandatory for drivers to be familiar with the Highway Code, but how many non-drivers do you know who have read it? How can anyone seriously believe that the old woman driving was not to blame? Is it really likely that the child's mother deliberately shoved her baby out in front of a moving car without looking? She went to the effort of using a zebra crossing... Please don't insult this poor woman any further by suggesting that the death of her son was potentially her fault! Those of you defending the driver in this news story should use a little common sense and objectivity, she drove into a child on a zebra crossing and now he is dead. It was her fault and her's alone! My every sympathy is with the mother of the baby. I hope that she will eventually be able to find peace. spokenmind

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