Plea for witnesses to help Kevinís two-year fight for justice

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Plea for witnesses to help Kevinís two-year fight for justice

26th November 2009

The mother of a young boy left wheelchair-bound and brain damaged after he was knocked over outside his school almost two years ago, has made an appeal for anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward.

Kevin Bonser was just 14 when he was hit by a car as he crossed Aughton Road in Dinnington, South Yorkshire, on Friday January 25, 2008. The force of the collision knocked Kevin - who stands at 6 feet two inches tall and weighs more than 15 stones - from the road onto the pavement several feet away.

He sustained serious injuries to his leg, which was fractured in three places, internal injuries including a damaged pancreas, and a severe brain injury.

"Before this he was a fun-loving teenager like most of his friends," said mum Nicky, 42, "but from the moment that car hit him, our lives changed forever. When he woke up in the hospital he had no recollection of what had happened, but it soon became clear that the head injury had badly affected more than just his memory.

"He now has the mental age of a 13-year-old boy, but sometimes that can deteriorate to that of a six-year-old," said Nicky. "He has not been able to walk properly since the accident and now uses a wheelchair. The most he has managed is just four steps, and doctors have told me that it is unlikely he will ever be able to walk again."

Nicky said her son - who is 16 in June - is visually impaired in his left eye and can not be left alone.

Now, almost two years later, Kevin and his mother are still fighting for compensation for the injuries he sustained. Rose Gibson, a road traffic accident specialist with Fentons Solicitors LLP, said the family urgently needed anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward, if they are to receive the compensation they are entitled to.

"Kevin now struggles to adapt to new situations due to his short term memory problems," said Ms Gibson. "He has been left suffering a whole host of physical and psychological problems which he and his family now have to deal with for the rest of their lives."

"Kevin was among the 2,000 pupils leaving Aston Comprehensive School at around 3 o'clock on the afternoon of Friday, 25 January 2008," said Ms Gibson, a partner with Fentons.

"As he stepped out into the busy Aughton Road he was struck by a yellow Fiat Punto with such force that he was knocked through the air. The scene quickly became chaotic as cars came to a halt and concerned residents rushed to his aid.

"Unfortunately we are still unclear as to the exact circumstances of the accident," said Ms Gibson. "Kevin has been unable to tell his mother what happened, and so far a police investigation has proved inconclusive.

"We desperately need anyone who witnessed the incident itself to get in touch so that we can help Kevin and his family secure the compensation to which they are entitled, which will help them begin to rebuild their lives," she said.

Can you help?
If you witnessed this incident or can help in any way, please contact Rose Gibson at Fentons Solicitors on 0161 238 6485, or e-mail rose.gibson@fentons.co.uk.