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Mum calls for road safety

PUBLISHED: 19:00 31 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:46 03 March 2010

AN IPSWICH mother of four today appealed for action after her son was hit by a car outside their home.

Dawn Partridge's eight-year-old son Dylan Rawlings is recovering at home with facial injuries after the accident on Friday.

AN IPSWICH mother of four today appealed for action after her son was hit by a car outside their home.

Dawn Partridge's eight-year-old son Dylan Rawlings is recovering at home with facial injuries after the accident on Friday.

The Ravenswood School pupil spent two nights at hospital after the accident in Lindbergh Road.

Although Ms Partridge doesn't blame the driver she has been calling for speed bumps or a crossing patrol for years as the street is used by children on their way to school.

Ms Partridge, said: "Sometimes cars are driven down here at 70 mph. Thankfully Dylan wasn't hit by one of those.

"Cars tear down here. Even at 4 pm. About two weeks ago I spoke to the authorities and said one of these days a child is going to be killed. I didn't think it was my child that would be hit.

"There are no speed bumps. I have been on to the council and police and still nothing has happened.

"We are lucky we haven't had any more accidents. So many children have to cross this road on their way to school and there are just no crossings. It is just unbelievable.

"No parents are resting easy at the moment. Even the day after Dylan was hit there was a car, which raced down here about 60 mph."

She added a child knocked down a few years ago by the school gates outside Priory Heath.

A petition was set up calling for a replacement for a crossing patrol but it came to nothing.

"We are really angry. The council are aware of the situation yet still nothing has been done."

Ms Partridge said Dylan ran out into the road when he was calling for his friend and didn't see the car.

"Thankfully it was an older driver, who used to be a bus driver, at the wheel of the car. He was a responsible driver and when he saw Dylan and just braked."

Ms Partridge will be telephoning the driver later today to reassure him that he wasn't to blame in any way.

The 38-year-old mum was at home when a neighbour told her about the accident at 10.15 am.

It happened during the half-term holiday and Ms Partridge rushed outside to be with Dylan and accompanied him in the ambulance to hospital.

"I have obviously taught Dylan about road safety. But you can only go so far without wrapping him up in cotton wool.

"It was a horrible weekend, such a stressful time for all of us. Dylan had an operation on his nose as his cartilage was showing. He lost the skin off the tip of his nose. He looks a lot better now. He's just a bit sore."

She admitted Dylan was accident prone.

A year ago he had an operation after perforating his bowl when he had an accident on his bike. "Out of four children it always seems to be Dylan," she said.

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