Statement from Dave Bushell, Brown Turner Ross Solicitors, representing families of two children injured in the road traffic collision outside Belvedere Academy, Liverpool, on February 12, 2016.
“The families of two children injured in the road traffic incident outside Belvedere Academy in Liverpool are distressed to learn of comments online relating to the incident that occurred on 12/02/2016, suggesting that the children were to blame in some way.
It has been suggested that the children injured were on their mobile phones, not paying attention when crossing the road. The children injured were situated on the public footpath directly outside Belvedere Academy, about to board the school bus home.
The elderly driver of the yellow Peugeot 207 lost control of her vehicle while driving north-east along Princes Parkway. The driver struck and drove through an illuminated bollard in the centre of the road, and has since admitted using the accelerator in error instead of the brake. As a consequence, the vehicle was driven at speed along the pavement area directly outside the entrance to Belvedere Academy where the children in question were waiting in line to board a school bus.
While the families welcome campaigns for 20 mph zones and traffic calming measures outside Belvedere Academy pupils future safety, they are keen to stress that in this incident, as the vehicle in question mounted the footway, it would not have prevented this dreadful incident.
Families of the children affected by the crash are supporting the children as they undergo treatment for extensive injuries sustained.
The families would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the teachers and bus drivers who attended the medical professionals at the scene and the dedicated nurses, doctors and consultants who continue to provide medical care for their children during their recovery at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
The families are disappointed in the lack of information and support from Merseyside Police in relation to the incident. They continue to seek answers to their queries.
Child A, an academically gifted student, has complete fractures in both upper arms, suffered shoulder dislocation and surrounding tissue damage on impact. Child A underwent surgery to repair the lateral breaks with plates and requires extensive care in their ongoing physical recovery due to the loss of use of upper body. Child A is also receiving intensive emotional support at this time due to the traumatic nature of the accident. Her education for an advanced student is being disrupted.
Child B, a football enthusiast, and highly academic student, has sustained serious head and leg injuries that may mean Child B will potentially not play football again in future and will suffer from long term memory loss. Child B will require prolonged recovery and care from medical professionals, including extensive neurological support.
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