Churchfields Academy schoolgirl hit by car on her way to classes
A TEENAGER has been hit by a car on her way to school in Old Walcot.
Emergency services were called to Queens Drive after the incident at 8.20am on Wednesday, which involved a 13-year-old student from Churchfields Academy.
A spokesman for Wiltshire Police said no action was being taken against the driver.
“We were called out to reports of a 13-year-old female knocked over by a car. We were informed by the ambulance crew, who were there first,” he said.
The teenager, who was conscious and breathing when the ambulance arrived, had suffered minor injuries, including a small graze to her leg.
She did not need hospital treatment and she attended school as usual that day.
“The driver remained at the scene. He was breath-tested, which is standard, and it was negative,” the police spokesman said.
“We spoke to people at the scene and they said the driver was not to blame and there was nothing that could have been done,” he said.
The spokesman said no arrests had been made in connection with the incident, which involved a man driving a black BMW 318.
They are looking for witnesses who were in the area, near New College, between 8am and 8.30am.
The girl was on her way to the secondary school in Salcombe Grove.
A Churchfields spokesman said the headteacher, Steve Flavin, had contacted the girl’s parents but the school could not comment further on the incident.
A Great Western Ambulance spokesman said: “The incident took place at 8.20am and the ambulance was on scene at 8.23am.
“We had reports saying a 13-year-old female pedestrian had been struck by a car.
“The ambulance was on scene in three minutes and we checked her over but she did not need hospital treatment. She was treated for minor injuries at the scene.”
Witnesses, or anyone with information about the incident, should call Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, where information can be left anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Residents have previously complained about motorists taking shortcuts through a bus lane which links Upham Road and Queens Drive, saying it was an accident waiting to happen.
The section of road is only supposed to be used by buses and coaches. The junction between has several signs stating that no cars are allowed through.
Locals said the problem was compounded by some people even breaking the speed limit to avoid being caught, despite the road going past the school.