Teenager knocked off bicycle in Southend

First published in News

A 14-year-old male cyclist has been involved in an accident on Sutton Road, Southend.

The boy was hit by a car at about 4.35pm while he was travelling along the road.

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5:36pm Tue 29 May 12

Eric the Red says...

Hope he's OK. Better get in before all the Anti-Cyclists come out of the woodwork.
Hope he's OK. Better get in before all the Anti-Cyclists come out of the woodwork. Eric the Red
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5:44pm Tue 29 May 12

Lefty Cyclist Type says...

Hope he's ok.

No more comment from me until some detail is known.
Hope he's ok. No more comment from me until some detail is known. Lefty Cyclist Type
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9:02pm Tue 29 May 12

fkf234 says...

I am the mum of the young lad involved. A cowardly driver hit my sons bike and then sped off leaving my son lying in the middle of Sutton Road. Thankfully my son was wearing a cycle helmet, as he always does, and this has substantial damage to it. I hope the folically challenged, white male driver of the dark blue vauxhall that hit him can sleep soundly tonight, for your information my son spent half an hour in the back of an ambulance and nearly two hours in accident centre. I would like to thank Darren, the passer by who stopped to help my son and stayed with him til I arrived. I cannot fault the support I have recieved from the police sergeant who attended the accident and the three paramedics who attended. Hopefully they will catch the coward, YOU must be hiding something to leave an injured child laying in the middle of a main road in Southend!
I am the mum of the young lad involved. A cowardly driver hit my sons bike and then sped off leaving my son lying in the middle of Sutton Road. Thankfully my son was wearing a cycle helmet, as he always does, and this has substantial damage to it. I hope the folically challenged, white male driver of the dark blue vauxhall that hit him can sleep soundly tonight, for your information my son spent half an hour in the back of an ambulance and nearly two hours in accident centre. I would like to thank Darren, the passer by who stopped to help my son and stayed with him til I arrived. I cannot fault the support I have recieved from the police sergeant who attended the accident and the three paramedics who attended. Hopefully they will catch the coward, YOU must be hiding something to leave an injured child laying in the middle of a main road in Southend! fkf234
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9:13pm Tue 29 May 12

fkf234 says...

thank you to all the well wishers
thank you to all the well wishers fkf234
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11:16pm Tue 29 May 12

Laurence Ward says...

Thanks for your report, fkf234. Best wishes to you and your son.

Sutton Road is quite unpleasant to cycle along as it's got so many "pinch points". This afternoon I had to take evasive action when a cement lorry decided to overtake far too closely on the stretch between Royston and Eastern Avenue. Ironically, the lorry had a sign at the back warning cyclists not to pass the lorry in its left.

Far too many drivers think they have the right to overtake under such circumstances: the whole point of the bollards being there is that there's only room for one vehicle at a time, and a bicycle is a vehicle.
Thanks for your report, fkf234. Best wishes to you and your son. Sutton Road is quite unpleasant to cycle along as it's got so many "pinch points". This afternoon I had to take evasive action when a cement lorry decided to overtake far too closely on the stretch between Royston and Eastern Avenue. Ironically, the lorry had a sign at the back warning cyclists not to pass the lorry in its left. Far too many drivers think they have the right to overtake under such circumstances: the whole point of the bollards being there is that there's only room for one vehicle at a time, and a bicycle is a vehicle. Laurence Ward
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7:11am Wed 30 May 12

julie316 says...

I am so pleased your son is ok. And thank god he was wearing a cycle helmet. I was friends with the 22 lad that died in essex way, coming of his push bike sunday, It shows cycle helmet's save life's and well done to your son for being so sensible and wearing one. And i hope they catch the coward that drove off.
I am so pleased your son is ok. And thank god he was wearing a cycle helmet. I was friends with the 22 lad that died in essex way, coming of his push bike sunday, It shows cycle helmet's save life's and well done to your son for being so sensible and wearing one. And i hope they catch the coward that drove off. julie316
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7:11am Wed 30 May 12

julie316 says...

I am so pleased your son is ok. And thank god he was wearing a cycle helmet. I was friends with the 22 lad that died in essex way, coming of his push bike sunday, It shows cycle helmet's save life's and well done to your son for being so sensible and wearing one. And i hope they catch the coward that drove off.
I am so pleased your son is ok. And thank god he was wearing a cycle helmet. I was friends with the 22 lad that died in essex way, coming of his push bike sunday, It shows cycle helmet's save life's and well done to your son for being so sensible and wearing one. And i hope they catch the coward that drove off. julie316
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7:11am Wed 30 May 12

julie316 says...

I am so pleased your son is ok. And thank god he was wearing a cycle helmet. I was friends with the 22 lad that died in essex way, coming of his push bike sunday, It shows cycle helmet's save life's and well done to your son for being so sensible and wearing one. And i hope they catch the coward that drove off.
I am so pleased your son is ok. And thank god he was wearing a cycle helmet. I was friends with the 22 lad that died in essex way, coming of his push bike sunday, It shows cycle helmet's save life's and well done to your son for being so sensible and wearing one. And i hope they catch the coward that drove off. julie316
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7:11am Wed 30 May 12

julie316 says...

I am so pleased your son is ok. And thank god he was wearing a cycle helmet. I was friends with the 22 lad that died in essex way, coming of his push bike sunday, It shows cycle helmet's save life's and well done to your son for being so sensible and wearing one. And i hope they catch the coward that drove off.
I am so pleased your son is ok. And thank god he was wearing a cycle helmet. I was friends with the 22 lad that died in essex way, coming of his push bike sunday, It shows cycle helmet's save life's and well done to your son for being so sensible and wearing one. And i hope they catch the coward that drove off. julie316
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7:31am Wed 30 May 12

Eastwood Biker says...

When are the authorities going to use the money they have to make Southend the cycle friendly town they keep on talking about ?
When are the authorities going to use the money they have to make Southend the cycle friendly town they keep on talking about ? Eastwood Biker
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7:57am Wed 30 May 12

save southend says...

Eastwood Biker wrote:
When are the authorities going to use the money they have to make Southend the cycle friendly town they keep on talking about ?
It is biker friendly you just ride on the pavement and knockdown any one that gets in the way , the high street is ideal so many old duffers about they wont know what hit them, I bought a new mountain bike 6yrs ago as i didnt need the car for every trip , I intended to only ride on the road , no chance, the man in the shop said as you hadnt ridden since schooldays stick to side roads , after being nearly hit a few few times I went on the pavement but on stopping for every pedestrian i realised its a case of use commen sense pavement for busy main roads and take it slow in the side streets as i didnt want to be sued for knocking granny over , sutton road is a pavement road , can the boys mum give a better description of the car as it may get seen by the millions of echo readers well quite a lot mr plod wont look for it
[quote][p][bold]Eastwood Biker[/bold] wrote: When are the authorities going to use the money they have to make Southend the cycle friendly town they keep on talking about ?[/p][/quote]It is biker friendly you just ride on the pavement and knockdown any one that gets in the way , the high street is ideal so many old duffers about they wont know what hit them, I bought a new mountain bike 6yrs ago as i didnt need the car for every trip , I intended to only ride on the road , no chance, the man in the shop said as you hadnt ridden since schooldays stick to side roads , after being nearly hit a few few times I went on the pavement but on stopping for every pedestrian i realised its a case of use commen sense pavement for busy main roads and take it slow in the side streets as i didnt want to be sued for knocking granny over , sutton road is a pavement road , can the boys mum give a better description of the car as it may get seen by the millions of echo readers well quite a lot mr plod wont look for it save southend
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8:12am Wed 30 May 12

Lefty Cyclist Type says...

fkf234 wrote:
I am the mum of the young lad involved. A cowardly driver hit my sons bike and then sped off leaving my son lying in the middle of Sutton Road. Thankfully my son was wearing a cycle helmet, as he always does, and this has substantial damage to it. I hope the folically challenged, white male driver of the dark blue vauxhall that hit him can sleep soundly tonight, for your information my son spent half an hour in the back of an ambulance and nearly two hours in accident centre. I would like to thank Darren, the passer by who stopped to help my son and stayed with him til I arrived. I cannot fault the support I have recieved from the police sergeant who attended the accident and the three paramedics who attended. Hopefully they will catch the coward, YOU must be hiding something to leave an injured child laying in the middle of a main road in Southend!
So glad your son is ok. I hope this awful incident doesn't put him off cycling for too long. With luck the car will have passed CCTV - there is sure to be shop CCTV somewhere along Sutton Road - and they will be traced.

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I also hope the coward who did this is caught and removed from the roads as soon as possible. Preferably with a custodial sentence for the crime they have committed.


Perhaps the Echo should change the wording above, from 'accident' to hit-and-run.


I also agree with Eastwood biker, when is Southend council going to actually make Southend 'cycle friendly', other than in their press releases?
[quote][p][bold]fkf234[/bold] wrote: I am the mum of the young lad involved. A cowardly driver hit my sons bike and then sped off leaving my son lying in the middle of Sutton Road. Thankfully my son was wearing a cycle helmet, as he always does, and this has substantial damage to it. I hope the folically challenged, white male driver of the dark blue vauxhall that hit him can sleep soundly tonight, for your information my son spent half an hour in the back of an ambulance and nearly two hours in accident centre. I would like to thank Darren, the passer by who stopped to help my son and stayed with him til I arrived. I cannot fault the support I have recieved from the police sergeant who attended the accident and the three paramedics who attended. Hopefully they will catch the coward, YOU must be hiding something to leave an injured child laying in the middle of a main road in Southend![/p][/quote]So glad your son is ok. I hope this awful incident doesn't put him off cycling for too long. With luck the car will have passed CCTV - there is sure to be shop CCTV somewhere along Sutton Road - and they will be traced. ………….. I also hope the coward who did this is caught and removed from the roads as soon as possible. Preferably with a custodial sentence for the crime they have committed. Perhaps the Echo should change the wording above, from 'accident' to hit-and-run. I also agree with Eastwood biker, when is Southend council going to actually make Southend 'cycle friendly', other than in their press releases? Lefty Cyclist Type
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8:17am Wed 30 May 12

fkf234 says...

Unfortunately this is the best description I have. The driver knew he had hit my son as he drove off after my son hit the tarmac and a white van kindly stopped long enough for my son to get to the side of the road! I do understand peoples reluctance to get involved, especially as the driver left the scene. I cannot fault the police at all, they have checked the cctv at Porters Grange roundabout but unfortunately there was another incident occurring and the camera was facing down Southchurch Road. The sergeant called me last night to update me and assured me that the PCSO for Sutton Road will following it up today as it happened outside a bookmakers. From the attitude of the officer involved I feel assured that they will try to take action. I cannot stress enough how important cycle helmets are, they are not expensive and truly do save lives
Unfortunately this is the best description I have. The driver knew he had hit my son as he drove off after my son hit the tarmac and a white van kindly stopped long enough for my son to get to the side of the road! I do understand peoples reluctance to get involved, especially as the driver left the scene. I cannot fault the police at all, they have checked the cctv at Porters Grange roundabout but unfortunately there was another incident occurring and the camera was facing down Southchurch Road. The sergeant called me last night to update me and assured me that the PCSO for Sutton Road will following it up today as it happened outside a bookmakers. From the attitude of the officer involved I feel assured that they will try to take action. I cannot stress enough how important cycle helmets are, they are not expensive and truly do save lives fkf234
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8:37am Wed 30 May 12

Lefty Cyclist Type says...

fkf234 wrote:
Unfortunately this is the best description I have. The driver knew he had hit my son as he drove off after my son hit the tarmac and a white van kindly stopped long enough for my son to get to the side of the road! I do understand peoples reluctance to get involved, especially as the driver left the scene. I cannot fault the police at all, they have checked the cctv at Porters Grange roundabout but unfortunately there was another incident occurring and the camera was facing down Southchurch Road. The sergeant called me last night to update me and assured me that the PCSO for Sutton Road will following it up today as it happened outside a bookmakers. From the attitude of the officer involved I feel assured that they will try to take action. I cannot stress enough how important cycle helmets are, they are not expensive and truly do save lives
It may seem that way after what your son and you have just been through, but the figures do not support the 'helmets save lives' argument. I won't go into detail here because this is not the right place, but you can read more at the following link:

http://www.ctc.org.u
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[quote][p][bold]fkf234[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately this is the best description I have. The driver knew he had hit my son as he drove off after my son hit the tarmac and a white van kindly stopped long enough for my son to get to the side of the road! I do understand peoples reluctance to get involved, especially as the driver left the scene. I cannot fault the police at all, they have checked the cctv at Porters Grange roundabout but unfortunately there was another incident occurring and the camera was facing down Southchurch Road. The sergeant called me last night to update me and assured me that the PCSO for Sutton Road will following it up today as it happened outside a bookmakers. From the attitude of the officer involved I feel assured that they will try to take action. I cannot stress enough how important cycle helmets are, they are not expensive and truly do save lives[/p][/quote]It may seem that way after what your son and you have just been through, but the figures do not support the 'helmets save lives' argument. I won't go into detail here because this is not the right place, but you can read more at the following link: http://www.ctc.org.u k/DesktopDefault.asp x?TabID=4689 Lefty Cyclist Type
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8:42am Wed 30 May 12

Lefty Cyclist Type says...

Ps. I'm not saying 'don't wear a helmet', I'm saying it is a choice, and should remain a choice and not become compulsory.
Ps. I'm not saying 'don't wear a helmet', I'm saying it is a choice, and should remain a choice and not become compulsory. Lefty Cyclist Type
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2:01pm Thu 31 May 12

r6keith says...

fkf234 wrote:
I am the mum of the young lad involved. A cowardly driver hit my sons bike and then sped off leaving my son lying in the middle of Sutton Road. Thankfully my son was wearing a cycle helmet, as he always does, and this has substantial damage to it. I hope the folically challenged, white male driver of the dark blue vauxhall that hit him can sleep soundly tonight, for your information my son spent half an hour in the back of an ambulance and nearly two hours in accident centre. I would like to thank Darren, the passer by who stopped to help my son and stayed with him til I arrived. I cannot fault the support I have recieved from the police sergeant who attended the accident and the three paramedics who attended. Hopefully they will catch the coward, YOU must be hiding something to leave an injured child laying in the middle of a main road in Southend!
fkf234
I know how you feel, my son was involved in a hit and run in Bornemouth Park Road a few years ago, the driver in this instance left my son in the road with a compound fracture of his leg, which fortunatelly is now fully mended. We and the police never found the guilty person.
Most people in life do odd things that maybe are not totally legal but my thoughts are we all have a moral duty to others and if you are involved in any accident of this kind you havethen crossed the line and regardless of the circumstances and might what happen to you you stay at the scene and take what ever **** is coming your way.
I hope your son is fine and this wont put him off riding his bike.
[quote][p][bold]fkf234[/bold] wrote: I am the mum of the young lad involved. A cowardly driver hit my sons bike and then sped off leaving my son lying in the middle of Sutton Road. Thankfully my son was wearing a cycle helmet, as he always does, and this has substantial damage to it. I hope the folically challenged, white male driver of the dark blue vauxhall that hit him can sleep soundly tonight, for your information my son spent half an hour in the back of an ambulance and nearly two hours in accident centre. I would like to thank Darren, the passer by who stopped to help my son and stayed with him til I arrived. I cannot fault the support I have recieved from the police sergeant who attended the accident and the three paramedics who attended. Hopefully they will catch the coward, YOU must be hiding something to leave an injured child laying in the middle of a main road in Southend![/p][/quote]fkf234 I know how you feel, my son was involved in a hit and run in Bornemouth Park Road a few years ago, the driver in this instance left my son in the road with a compound fracture of his leg, which fortunatelly is now fully mended. We and the police never found the guilty person. Most people in life do odd things that maybe are not totally legal but my thoughts are we all have a moral duty to others and if you are involved in any accident of this kind you havethen crossed the line and regardless of the circumstances and might what happen to you you stay at the scene and take what ever **** is coming your way. I hope your son is fine and this wont put him off riding his bike. r6keith
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