Neighbours recall this morning's horror crash in Trevellance Way, Watford

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Residents of Trevellance Way, Watford, have described their horror after witnessing the aftermath of a crash involving a schoolboy cyclist and a car at the end of their road.

Police and paramedics were called to the corner of Trevellance Way and Kingsway, North Orbital Road, Watford, at about 8.15am, following reports of an accident involving a young boy and a black Ford Mondeo.

The victim, thought to a 12-year-old pupil from St Michael’s School in Garston, was rushed to hospital after the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST), an ambulance from Watford station and the East Anglian Air Ambulance attended the scene.

Gary Sanderson, EEAST spokesman, said: "The young boy received injuries to his abdomen and legs and following treatment and immobilisation by EEAST and air ambulance crews, he was taken to Watford General Hospital by land for further care."

Doreen and Ralph Richardson, of Trevellance Way, said they witnessed the aftermath of the crash from their bedroom window.

Mrs Richardson said: "We saw police pulling the bicycle out from under the front of the car. At that point we thought to ourselves it must be serious.

"The paramedics and police were with the boy for a very long time and then a helicopter landed in Kingsway. There were lots of people around the boy, schoolchildren and adults.

"We often see children cycling to school, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the boy was on his way to school when it happened.

"All the traffic was trapped in our cul-de-sac as police closed off Kingsway to make room for the helicopter - I think drivers were there for about two hours.

"It’s a terrible thing to have happened but it’s not the first time. Someone was killed at the crossing here before. It’s a very busy road. We really do hope he’s okay."

Neighbour Pat Griggs described seeing a large crowd of people trying to help the injured boy.

She said: "I couldn’t see the boy as there were so many people gathered on the corner, but I did see police retrieve his bike.

"This road is always busy, so I’m not surprised there has been an accident.

"I feel for his mum, it’s not a nice thing to have happen to your child, the poor thing."

At the time of the incident police closed off Woodside Road traffic lights, but the road has since reopened.

Police have said the boy is being treated for serious injuries.

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12:21pm Fri 28 Sep 12

TRT says...

Many drivers don't pay the blindest bit of notice to the 40 limit on this stretch of road. That limit is there because there are properties with driveways that open directly onto the road. There's no zebra crossing here, by the way. You can't have a zebra on a 40 road, only a light-controlled pedestrian crossing like a pelican, a toucan, a pegasus etc.

No doubt more details of this will emerge and we will learn how such tragedies as this can be made less likely. Poor lad. How was the car driver, by the way? Shaken to the core I expect.
Many drivers don't pay the blindest bit of notice to the 40 limit on this stretch of road. That limit is there because there are properties with driveways that open directly onto the road. There's no zebra crossing here, by the way. You can't have a zebra on a 40 road, only a light-controlled pedestrian crossing like a pelican, a toucan, a pegasus etc. No doubt more details of this will emerge and we will learn how such tragedies as this can be made less likely. Poor lad. How was the car driver, by the way? Shaken to the core I expect. TRT
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1:23pm Fri 28 Sep 12

Reg Edit says...

I'm sure I saw a comment on here earlier querying whether the 20's plenty limit would have prevented this accident, yet it has now mysteriously vanished.

The answer is that it is unlikely to have had any effect whatsoever.

Part of the smoke and mirrors of 20's plenty is that almost all serious accidents happen on major roads where the speed limit will not be reduced to 20 but will be kept at current speeds.

Reducing the speed across town to 20mph on side roads would have had no effect on accidents such as this, and almost no affect anywhere on serious accidents.

Ask your councillor who voted for 20's plenty. If you manage to get a straight answer, it will be the same as mine above.

I do hope the boy in question will be alright and makes a good and speedy recovery.
I'm sure I saw a comment on here earlier querying whether the 20's plenty limit would have prevented this accident, yet it has now mysteriously vanished. The answer is that it is unlikely to have had any effect whatsoever. Part of the smoke and mirrors of 20's plenty is that almost all serious accidents happen on major roads where the speed limit will not be reduced to 20 but will be kept at current speeds. Reducing the speed across town to 20mph on side roads would have had no effect on accidents such as this, and almost no affect anywhere on serious accidents. Ask your councillor who voted for 20's plenty. If you manage to get a straight answer, it will be the same as mine above. I do hope the boy in question will be alright and makes a good and speedy recovery. Reg Edit
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1:27pm Fri 28 Sep 12

Reg Edit says...

Oops, there are two stories on this one incident. I have now posted on the other one where the 20's plenty comment was as well.
Oops, there are two stories on this one incident. I have now posted on the other one where the 20's plenty comment was as well. Reg Edit
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2:39pm Fri 28 Sep 12

shellyblog says...

I live in Garston and these roads are getting busier every week. I travel on the A405 daily & it is a very fast dual carriageway and the speed limits are not adhered to. I’m regularly overtaken at 50 / 60mph and ive a fast car!
I remember a child being killed many years ago before the lights were put in and my niece was airlifted to A&E 2 years ago after being hit by a car when crossing the road not far from here.
Richard Harrington when will we have some speed cameras on this road or a review of the speed limits in Garston overall.
I live in Garston and these roads are getting busier every week. I travel on the A405 daily & it is a very fast dual carriageway and the speed limits are not adhered to. I’m regularly overtaken at 50 / 60mph and ive a fast car! I remember a child being killed many years ago before the lights were put in and my niece was airlifted to A&E 2 years ago after being hit by a car when crossing the road not far from here. Richard Harrington when will we have some speed cameras on this road or a review of the speed limits in Garston overall. shellyblog
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8:03am Sat 29 Sep 12

madmum45 says...

everyone is blamin the driver here and speed limits he was actually hit by someone coming out of trevellance so chaces are this boy was on his bike and just crossed the road without bothering to stop or even look.....i see it all too many times on the road nowadays these kids think they are invincible and think its a trial to walk as slow as they ca across a road...as a driver of 21 years with as many years no claims these kids are playing with cars as if they will never get hit
everyone is blamin the driver here and speed limits he was actually hit by someone coming out of trevellance so chaces are this boy was on his bike and just crossed the road without bothering to stop or even look.....i see it all too many times on the road nowadays these kids think they are invincible and think its a trial to walk as slow as they ca across a road...as a driver of 21 years with as many years no claims these kids are playing with cars as if they will never get hit madmum45
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