Emergency services were called to Winchester Road in Highams Park following reports of a woman trapped under a car

Teenager hit by car

Ambulance crews at the scene on Winchester Road (credit: Darren Bull)

Woman was freed by paramedics before the firefighters arrived

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East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter, covering Chingford, Highams Park and Woodford. Call me on 07795 476 625

A teenage pedestrian was taken to hospital after being hit by a car yesterday evening.

Emergency services, including London Fire Brigade, were called to Winchester Road in Highams Park on Friday at 7:30pm following reports of female trapped under a car.

The victim, a 17 year-old girl, was in collision with an Audi A2.

Ambulance crews were first to arrive on the scene and said she was conscious and 'stabilised' at the scene. 

She was taken to Royal London Hospital.

Police have described her condition as non life-threatening.

The area was cordoned off and Winchester Road was blocked in both directions at the junction with Cavendish Road for over three hours.

No arrests have been made but police have said they are investigating the incident.

A petition calling for speed controls along Winchester Road was launched in April after residents said they were fed up of the road being used as a 'race track'.

It was signed by over 70 households and passed to Waltham Forest Council's highways team.  

The council is currently carrying out speed monitoring tests along the road. 

 

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1:31pm Sat 24 May 14

timplum says...

Let's hope she's OK.

Why are stories like this written like, "............girl, had collided with an Audi...............?
" I would have thought it would have been the car colliding with her.

Clearly I don't know the circumstances of this particular "collision" but as locals have pointed out this is a known speeding area, and in my experience as a pedestrian, cyclist and motorist I am unfortunately not too surprised to see accidents like this with the agressive and rush at all costs attitude of many motorists nowadays.
Let's hope she's OK. Why are stories like this written like, "............girl, had collided with an Audi...............? " I would have thought it would have been the car colliding with her. Clearly I don't know the circumstances of this particular "collision" but as locals have pointed out this is a known speeding area, and in my experience as a pedestrian, cyclist and motorist I am unfortunately not too surprised to see accidents like this with the agressive and rush at all costs attitude of many motorists nowadays. timplum
  • Score: 2

8:05pm Sat 24 May 14

Jenny highams park says...

Sad that someone has been hurt but Why is it assumed to be the drivers fault? There are two zebras less than a minutes walk away, if the car was correctly on the road and not on the pavement then the pedestrian should have been crossing at the zebra crossing!
Sad that someone has been hurt but Why is it assumed to be the drivers fault? There are two zebras less than a minutes walk away, if the car was correctly on the road and not on the pavement then the pedestrian should have been crossing at the zebra crossing! Jenny highams park
  • Score: 8

8:15pm Sat 24 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

Chicanes and speed humps are essential, ask Helen.
Chicanes and speed humps are essential, ask Helen. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -15

9:18am Sun 25 May 14

RayJay says...

This road and Fulbourne Rd are the worst for through traffic in the borough and have been for at least the last 40 years, yet they seem to be getting worse.
Perhaps the newly elected council will look at doing something about this important route through the borough. What ever ideas they come up with must ensure safety whilst also allowing the smooth flow of traffic and public transport.
How the bus drivers cope along this route I'll never know, and as for the residents, they must wonder if their cars are still intact every time they go to get in them.
Come on LBWF council, get your thinking caps on and don't just think speed humps.
This road and Fulbourne Rd are the worst for through traffic in the borough and have been for at least the last 40 years, yet they seem to be getting worse. Perhaps the newly elected council will look at doing something about this important route through the borough. What ever ideas they come up with must ensure safety whilst also allowing the smooth flow of traffic and public transport. How the bus drivers cope along this route I'll never know, and as for the residents, they must wonder if their cars are still intact every time they go to get in them. Come on LBWF council, get your thinking caps on and don't just think speed humps. RayJay
  • Score: -1

8:25pm Sun 25 May 14

stickmanny says...

A newly elected council can be bold. It's time to make driving difficult, parking awkward and owning a car much more expensive.
A newly elected council can be bold. It's time to make driving difficult, parking awkward and owning a car much more expensive. stickmanny
  • Score: -2

11:37pm Sun 25 May 14

jackblack007 says...

stickmanny wrote:
A newly elected council can be bold. It's time to make driving difficult, parking awkward and owning a car much more expensive.
who let you out ..............
[quote][p][bold]stickmanny[/bold] wrote: A newly elected council can be bold. It's time to make driving difficult, parking awkward and owning a car much more expensive.[/p][/quote]who let you out .............. jackblack007
  • Score: 3

6:35am Mon 26 May 14

stickmanny says...

So you think that thousands of casualties like this one, and thousands of early deaths from air pollution are ok as long as you can use your car as you wish?
So you think that thousands of casualties like this one, and thousands of early deaths from air pollution are ok as long as you can use your car as you wish? stickmanny
  • Score: -7

9:47am Mon 26 May 14

Jenny highams park says...

So it was the drivers fault was it? She was crossing on one of the two zebra crossings provided? The driver was speeding? Sorry I must have missed that update.
So it was the drivers fault was it? She was crossing on one of the two zebra crossings provided? The driver was speeding? Sorry I must have missed that update. Jenny highams park
  • Score: -3

11:41am Mon 26 May 14

jen68 says...

There is no doubt about it - vehicles do drive too fast along Winchester Road. However, on this occasion I am afraid that the pedestrian was probably to blame for not crossing the road at one of the zebra crossings. Hope she makes a full recovery and is more careful in future.
There is no doubt about it - vehicles do drive too fast along Winchester Road. However, on this occasion I am afraid that the pedestrian was probably to blame for not crossing the road at one of the zebra crossings. Hope she makes a full recovery and is more careful in future. jen68
  • Score: 4

4:16pm Mon 26 May 14

jackblack007 says...

stickmanny wrote:
So you think that thousands of casualties like this one, and thousands of early deaths from air pollution are ok as long as you can use your car as you wish?
well...yes, if i wanted to go back 200 years and use a horse and cart i would . dont be so pathetic, do you think the world is going to give up the car.
[quote][p][bold]stickmanny[/bold] wrote: So you think that thousands of casualties like this one, and thousands of early deaths from air pollution are ok as long as you can use your car as you wish?[/p][/quote]well...yes, if i wanted to go back 200 years and use a horse and cart i would . dont be so pathetic, do you think the world is going to give up the car. jackblack007
  • Score: 3

4:38pm Mon 26 May 14

myopinioncounts says...

Roads are for vehicles. There are crossing places for pedestrians on this road so unless this teenager was on a crossing it would seem that she was likely to be at fault. Taking the chance to cross elsewhere demands great care and careful estimation of the speed of approaching vehicles. Too many people dash across in the hope that the drivers will be able to avoid them.
Roads are for vehicles. There are crossing places for pedestrians on this road so unless this teenager was on a crossing it would seem that she was likely to be at fault. Taking the chance to cross elsewhere demands great care and careful estimation of the speed of approaching vehicles. Too many people dash across in the hope that the drivers will be able to avoid them. myopinioncounts
  • Score: 5

9:20pm Mon 26 May 14

stickmanny says...

No pedestrian ever ran down a driver.

There is no jaywalking law in the UK

I have not assumed fault in the accident reported, but pollution caused by vehicles does cause many thousands of early deaths per year in London alone. When you drive your car you cause the early death of others. You may like it but it is true.

I'm not suggesting we give up cars or return to horses and carts. Taking measures to reduce car usage is good enough.
No pedestrian ever ran down a driver. There is no jaywalking law in the UK I have not assumed fault in the accident reported, but pollution caused by vehicles does cause many thousands of early deaths per year in London alone. When you drive your car you cause the early death of others. You may like it but it is true. I'm not suggesting we give up cars or return to horses and carts. Taking measures to reduce car usage is good enough. stickmanny
  • Score: -1

9:27pm Mon 26 May 14

StanE11 says...

Pedestrians in the road always have priority. It's astonishing how many drivers don't know this.
Pedestrians in the road always have priority. It's astonishing how many drivers don't know this. StanE11
  • Score: 4

8:42am Tue 27 May 14

Howard Wolowitz says...

StanE11 wrote:
Pedestrians in the road always have priority. It's astonishing how many drivers don't know this.
Well if you didn't give them priority you could be accused of killing them.

They do not seem to realise that a motor vehicle is harder than themselves.

Use a crossing? Now that's not cool is it? Stroll into the road expecting vehicles to give way why you stare into your communication device now that's just plain stupid.
[quote][p][bold]StanE11[/bold] wrote: Pedestrians in the road always have priority. It's astonishing how many drivers don't know this.[/p][/quote]Well if you didn't give them priority you could be accused of killing them. They do not seem to realise that a motor vehicle is harder than themselves. Use a crossing? Now that's not cool is it? Stroll into the road expecting vehicles to give way why you stare into your communication device now that's just plain stupid. Howard Wolowitz
  • Score: -2

10:35am Tue 27 May 14

neighbourx says...

As previously stated, there is no jaywalking law in England. Also, on Winchester, drivers treat pelican crossings as 'optional', especially the one adjacent to Selwyn Avenue. I use the crossing at Haldan Road, and only have cars 'pause' about 50% of the time before hitting the gas. I could almost swear that cars going in both directions attempt to gain air before reaching the bottom of the little valley right there. As this is a neighbourhood full of kids and schools, it is only a matter of time before a child walking to Selwyn, Handsworth, Oak HIll or the high school is hit while crossing at a pelican crossing. There is no need to go 40-50 mph down this residential road, and yet that is what I've estimated to see cars hooning around doing. I'm happy to see that speed controls may come into effect. It's a rat run, and a dangerous one at that.
As previously stated, there is no jaywalking law in England. Also, on Winchester, drivers treat pelican crossings as 'optional', especially the one adjacent to Selwyn Avenue. I use the crossing at Haldan Road, and only have cars 'pause' about 50% of the time before hitting the gas. I could almost swear that cars going in both directions attempt to gain air before reaching the bottom of the little valley right there. As this is a neighbourhood full of kids and schools, it is only a matter of time before a child walking to Selwyn, Handsworth, Oak HIll or the high school is hit while crossing at a pelican crossing. There is no need to go 40-50 mph down this residential road, and yet that is what I've estimated to see cars hooning around doing. I'm happy to see that speed controls may come into effect. It's a rat run, and a dangerous one at that. neighbourx
  • Score: 0

10:40am Tue 27 May 14

neighbourx says...

Adding on to my previous comment - it is possible the pedestrian wasn't watching where they were going and obviously, one should watch and make sure that it is safe to cross before entering a roadway. I've seen so many people (not just teenagers) much too absorbed by their phones to watch out for other pedestrians, cars, buses, bicycles, marauders... I wasn't there. I didn't see the accident and I'm not going to speculate blame. We can all do our part by paying attention to what we're doing - whether we're driving a car or walking down the road. Additionally, as stated, we drivers can also do our bit by slowing down a hair.
Adding on to my previous comment - it is possible the pedestrian wasn't watching where they were going and obviously, one should watch and make sure that it is safe to cross before entering a roadway. I've seen so many people (not just teenagers) much too absorbed by their phones to watch out for other pedestrians, cars, buses, bicycles, marauders... I wasn't there. I didn't see the accident and I'm not going to speculate blame. We can all do our part by paying attention to what we're doing - whether we're driving a car or walking down the road. Additionally, as stated, we drivers can also do our bit by slowing down a hair. neighbourx
  • Score: 5

3:24pm Tue 27 May 14

Howard Wolowitz says...

Correct to state no jaywalking law in the UK, however common sense should prevail. If you are crossing the road and a vehicle turns into that road from an adjacent road then the pedestrian has right of way.

https://www.gov.uk/r
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Correct to state no jaywalking law in the UK, however common sense should prevail. If you are crossing the road and a vehicle turns into that road from an adjacent road then the pedestrian has right of way. https://www.gov.uk/r ules-pedestrians-1-t o-35/general-guidanc e-1-to-6 Howard Wolowitz
  • Score: -3

3:30pm Tue 27 May 14

Jenny highams park says...

Can't see how people speed up the road, whenever I go up it its at a stand still with cars trying to squeeze past or not moving!
Can't see how people speed up the road, whenever I go up it its at a stand still with cars trying to squeeze past or not moving! Jenny highams park
  • Score: 0

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