'It could've been a lot worse': Injured boy, 12, left in middle of road as motorist shouted abuse
PUBLISHED: 08:38 28 March 2019 | UPDATED: 16:43 28 March 2019
A boy suffered a fractured elbow and was left shaken after being knocked off his bike as he made his way home from school.
Police are seeking witnesses following the collision with a car on the junction of Lansdowne Road and Stradbroke Road in Pakefield.
The 12-year-old boy was on his way home from Pakefield High School on Monday afternoon (March 25) when he was knocked off his bicycle.
But as the youngster went over the bike’s handlebars and landed in the road, he was left “so frightened” as the driver got out of the car and allegedly shouted abuse at him – rather than check his condition.
His family has now urged anyone with information to contact police as the young lad, called Robbie, recovers from his ordeal at home.
Speaking on behalf of the family, Robbie’s aunt said: “It could’ve been a lot worse.
“He was just biking home and had got to the junction, but as he went to stop his bike just went over the kerb and the car clipped his front wheel.”
The collision sent him over the bike’s handlebars and into the road.
His aunt added: “Robbie is very bruised and has suffered a fractured elbow as well as being very shaken and upset.
“The woman got out of the car and was shouting and swearing at him – really having a go – to the point that a woman in the car behind stopped to check on him and his condition.
“The female driver did not ask if he was OK, instead she verbally abused him while he was laying in the middle of road then got in her car and left the scene. Robbie said he was so frightened, he just biked off.”
Fortunately the other woman who stopped at the scene was able to get Robbie’s name and inform his school. They subsequently alerted his mum and he was taken to hospital.
“Robbie is still a bit in shock and everything is a blur to him,” his aunt said. “We understand accidents can happen, and we are not trying to apportion blame.
“Our biggest concern is that the woman did not check if he was alright – he is a 12-year-old boy – not once did she ask if he was OK.
“We are angry and disgusted at her reaction to shout and swear at him.”
A police spokesman said: “We were contacted shortly after 4.20pm on Monday, March 25 following reports of a collision on the junction of Lansdowne Road and Stradbroke Road in Pakefield.
“At around 3pm a boy who was cycling his bike was involved in a collision with a car – reported as a grey or a blue Toyota.
“The boy sustained a fractured elbow.
“It was reported that a driver of the vehicle initially stopped and got out and then spoke to the boy but then drove off.”
Any witnesses should contact Suffolk police on 101 quoting cad 291 of March 25.