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This morning I witnessed an event, that overwhelmed me emotionally, not immediately but afterwards. I had just dropped my youngest child off at school and was driving out of the school gates, where there are traffic lights on the left, which were just turning red. A group of girls were starting to cross and a black toyota yaris (fortunately one of the girls was present enough to memorise the number plate - bless her! - went through the crossing at about 20-30mph and hit one of the girls, throwing her up in the air and turning her through a complete 360 degree turn, and she landed on her back.
I immediately got out of my car and went to her as she was not moving; I thought she was dead, given the speed and what I had seen, and although as I reached her she appeared confused/dazed, she sat up, stood up, claimed she had no pain and then continued to walk into school! However, she was not OK!
The driver did not stop! Despite all the traffic, only one other woman got out of her car and had the sense to immediately call an ambulance and everyone else - just looked on. One other woman who worked at the school and was arriving at the crossing took the girl into the school nurse.
I hope she is as uninjured as she appears.
I despair at the driver, who must have at least heard the impact of his/her car hitting the child. Not stopping at the scene of an accident in which you are involved is a criminal offence in the UK btw.
I am grateful that there were other people, including her friends/colleagues with enough sense around the girl to aid her.
I am disgusted that no one else out of what must be at least 40-60 observers offered to help in any way, but just sit and observe the scene.
Karma - it's what 'you do'!
I do not expect anyone to respond to this thread btw. Unless you're that toyota yaris driver, and can explain why you went through the crossing at that speed and did not stop after hitting a child! But I'll be seeing you in court no doubt, to hear your view of the events, and describe what I witnessed! It was truly unbelievable...