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Lucky escape for road victim Samir

PUBLISHED: 13:18 09 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:18 03 March 2010

By James Fraser

james.fraser@ecng.co.uk

A FIVE-year-old boy is recovering today after he was struck by a car in a busy Ipswich street. Samir Miah was left with injuries to his arm and head, but his family realise it could have been much worse.

By James Fraser

james.fraser@ecng.co.uk

A FIVE-year-old boy is recovering today after he was struck by a car in a busy Ipswich street.

Samir Miah was left with injuries to his arm and head when he was knocked to the ground in Cobbold Street – but his family realise it could have been much worse.

A deep cut to his head was bleeding profusely and he could not move his right arm, according to his sister, Jabina Begum.

He was taken to Ipswich Hospital as a precaution but after his arm was X-rayed he was allowed home after doctors found no serious injury.

"He's been very lucky," said Ms Begum, 20, of Cobbold Street.

"He was playing outside but

usually he plays next door. He was crossing the road to my sister's house because he thought she would be there, when the accident happened.

"He doesn't usually play outside – he was just going across the road to see a friend at the house.

"He lost a lot of blood but he's fine again now and is going to school today."

His mother Hasina said: "Thankfully, everything is all right now."

Samir, a pupil at St Helen's Primary School in Woodbridge Road, darted out between parked cars and was trying to weave between a reversing car when he was struck by an S-reg Hyundai coupe driven by Tony Nunn, which was coming in the other direction.

"He was almost past me when we hit. I certainly wasn't going more than 20mph and I was easing off even more as there was a car that was reversing in the other direction. He had just avoided that one," he said.

"It was an unfortunate accident which I wish had never happened."

Passer-by David Whitfield, 16, of Woodbridge Road, saw the accident, just after 5pm on Friday, and called the ambulance when he saw the boy screaming in pain.

"He almost got sandwiched," said the former pupil at Sir John Leman School in Lowestoft.

"He was clipped by the car and I heard the car hit him. There was a lot of blood on his face."

A police spokeswoman today confirmed a male had been in

collision with a car.

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