Boy 'runs' into road, breaks leg
A schoolboy hit by a car in Christchurch ''shot out'' from behind a parked truck on the side of the road, says the driver.
New Brighton mother Vanessa Snelgar, 39, was taking someone to work in a ute after dropping her children off at school when the crash happened on the corner of Keyes Rd and Lonsdale St about 8.20am.
''I was driving slowly through road works and . . . as I was passing this truck this boy just shot out in front of the truck and did not see me until it was too late," Snelgar said.
''I had to swerve at the last minute to avoid hitting him front on.''
Snelgar said the incident happened ''fast'' and left her upset and in shock.
''I had just dropped my own kids off at school. The last thing you want to do is hurt someone else's kid.
''He was running [and] had his cellphone in his hand. He did not stop to look and just went straight into me.''
A St John spokesman said a 10-year-old boy was taken to Christchurch Hospital with a fractured femur.
Snelgar said she had spoken to police, was ''not at fault'' and was relieved there were ''lots of witnesses - a whole road full of road workers''.
''People have to be aware that kids are not always looking both ways when they cross," she said.
- The Press
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