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Mum appeals for help after son knocked down
The mother of a young Blackpool schoolboy who was knocked over outside his primary school has appealed for witnesses to come forward to help in their fight for justice.
Michael Malcolm had celebrated his 11th birthday just two days before he was hit by a car on Stonycroft Avenue, outside Roseacre Primary School, on Friday 13 June 2008. Now his mum Samantha is appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward. Unusually, she is also urging anyone who has been involved in any other accident on Stonycroft Avenue, or who has narrowly avoided an accident on the notorious stretch of road, to also come forward.
"It's widely known that there have been a number of problems with traffic around the school for years," said Ms Malcolm, of Thursby Avenue. "The road layout has changed on numerous occasions, and the speed limit was reduced to 20mph and some sleeping policemen were installed. But road safety in the area hasn't increased at all - just ask my son."
Ms Malcolm said on the day of the incident she had taken the day off work to attend a summer fair being held at Michael's school. "The roads around the school are always busy during term time, but on that day it was even busier than usual," she said. "I couldn't get a parking space on Stonycroft Avenue as it was full of parked cars, so I parked on a side road.
"We were coming straight back home that day as Michael had a birthday tea party planned. He had turned 11 on the Wednesday and we had invited some of his friends round for a birthday tea," she said.
Michael takes up the story: "When school finished, I crossed the road with my mum and we walked to her car. We were about to set off when I remembered that I'd forgotten a game I had won in a raffle at the summer fair. My mum said I could go back and get it," he said.
"I had to cross the road again so I stopped and looked both ways, and crossed as there were no cars. I knew exactly where I'd left the game in my classroom so I walked into school, got the game and came back out.
"I needed to cross the road to get back to my mum's car," he said. "There were a lot of cars parked on the road and next to the pavement. I can remember looking both ways and I saw a car coming slowly from my left. It passed me and I looked both ways again but didn't see any other cars. I walked forward and had taken just a few steps when I got hit. I didn't see any car at all before it hit me," he said.
Michael was treated by paramedics at the scene for around 45 minutes. Mum Samantha said: "He was given morphine but he was still screaming out in pain and they couldn't move his leg. He was taken by ambulance to Blackpool & Victoria Hospital, where he needed an operation to have pins and wires inserted into his leg."
A further operation was needed in September 2008, before he was put in a brace and began physiotherapy treatment.
Polly Fletcher, a road traffic accident specialist with Fentons Solicitors LLP, representing the family, said witnesses were needed in order to secure Michael the compensation to which he was entitled.
"We have unconfirmed reports that a number of accidents and near-misses have occurred on this stretch of road over the years," said Ms Fletcher. "If anyone witnessed Michael getting knocked over, or was involved in an incident or near miss on Stonycroft Avenue, their information could be a huge help to Michael's case."
Can you help?
If you remember seeing the incident just after 3pm on Friday, 13 June 2008, or if you have any information concerning the safety of Stonycroft Avenue, please contact Polly Fletcher at Fentons Solicitors LLP on 0161 238 6402, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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