Nine-Year-Old Injured, Traumatised After Being Struck By Vehicle

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The mother of a nine-year-old girl who sustained multiple injuries in a road incident last month has appealed to motorists to exercise greater caution.

A vehicle struck the child at a pedestrian crossing on Jeremie Street, Castries, on May 17.

The child’s mother, who spoke anonymously to HTS and DBS television reporters, disclosed that the incident deformed the girl’s left leg.

She said the child spent ten days at the OKEU Hospital and had major surgery on both broken legs.

The physical injuries apart, the youngster is suffering from severe trauma and depression and is receiving counseling.

“She is not sleeping at nights. All how she tries to sleep, she would wake up and she would dream of multiple accidents,” the mother disclosed.

The mother said the Grade Four student’s condition prevents the child from moving about.

“For a nine-year-old to go through that – not able to walk, not able to go out to play, it’s really hard for her,” the parent stated.

The mother also said her daughter no longer trusts pedestrian crossings.

The mother appealed to drivers to be cautious when approaching the crossings.

“I know a driver would not leave their house or leave their location to cause an accident, but be mindful that kids are using the road and not only kids, everybody,” she said.

In this regard, the mother called on drivers to watch their speed.

Earlier this month, three girls sustained injuries when a motorcyclist struck them as they were about to access a pedestrian crossing on the John Compton Highway.

A CCTV recording had earlier captured the motorcyclist, injured in the incident, doing a wheelie.

Since then, there have been calls for stricter traffic law enforcement and school traffic wardens to ensure that primary school children cross public roads safely to and from school.

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