Man arrested over schoolgirl crash in Lea Bridge Road, Leyton

Police at the scene. Photo courtesy of Katy Andrews.

Police at the scene. Photo courtesy of Katy Andrews.

First published in Waltham Forest East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

POLICE investigating the case of an 11-year-old schoolgirl who was seriously injured after being hit by a car have arrested a man.


The 38-year-old motorist was seized on suspicion of careless driving following the crash in Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, on Tuesday afternoon (November 20).


The girl, thought to be a pupil from nearby Lammas School, remains in a critical condition fighting for her life in hospital this morning (Thursday).
 

She suffered serious head injuries after being run over by the car, said to be a  silver BMW 316.


It happened just after 3pm close to the junctions with Hitcham Road and Seymour Road.


A Met spokesman said the driver stopped at the scene.


He added: "Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact officers at Chadwell Heath Traffic Garage on 020 8597 4874."


The arrested man has been released on bail until mid-February.


Lea Bridge Road is the most dangerous in the borough, according to Waltham Forest Council.

In a 2011 report it said that in a 36-month period up to March 2009 a total of 80 people were injured on the highway - the highest rate in the borough

A study by the Department of Transport, also published last year, confirmed this and stated that ten people had been killed on Lea Bridge Road since 1999.

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5:57pm Thu 22 Nov 12

myopinioncounts says...

Very sad to read of the deaths and injuries on Lea Bridge Road but how many occurred to people correctly using pedestrian crossings?
There was not one at the Junction of Hitcham, Seymour and Lea Bridge Road but there is a traffic light controlled crossing only a few yards further down near Morieux Road.
Very sad to read of the deaths and injuries on Lea Bridge Road but how many occurred to people correctly using pedestrian crossings? There was not one at the Junction of Hitcham, Seymour and Lea Bridge Road but there is a traffic light controlled crossing only a few yards further down near Morieux Road. myopinioncounts
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10:28am Fri 23 Nov 12

hargwyne says...

mydumbopinioncounts, what is your point? That people who cross roads away from pedestrian crossings deserve to be run over? That if the poor girl had walked 200 metres to the nearest crossing then she wouldn't have been hit by a car which, from the above report, appears to have been driving by a dangerous driver? That this was her fault, not the driver’s?

And, as pointed out before, but obviously not logged in your brain cell, there is a pedestrian traffic island right at the spot she was hit. I don't know if she was crossing to it when she was hit by the speeding car. And neither do you. That will no doubt emerge in the court case. The sad fact is that, even if the driver is brought to court and proved guilty of dangerous driving, they’ll be a fine, and maybe a short ban. Then back on the roads to inflict more punishment on lemming-like pedestrians crossing the road on the way home from school.

Stop quacking on, there’s a love.
mydumbopinioncounts, what is your point? That people who cross roads away from pedestrian crossings deserve to be run over? That if the poor girl had walked 200 metres to the nearest crossing then she wouldn't have been hit by a car which, from the above report, appears to have been driving by a dangerous driver? That this was her fault, not the driver’s? And, as pointed out before, but obviously not logged in your brain cell, there is a pedestrian traffic island right at the spot she was hit. I don't know if she was crossing to it when she was hit by the speeding car. And neither do you. That will no doubt emerge in the court case. The sad fact is that, even if the driver is brought to court and proved guilty of dangerous driving, they’ll be a fine, and maybe a short ban. Then back on the roads to inflict more punishment on lemming-like pedestrians crossing the road on the way home from school. Stop quacking on, there’s a love. hargwyne
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10:34am Fri 23 Nov 12

choppz says...

Sending healthy wishes to the young girl, and her family, for positive and healthy recovery.
Sending healthy wishes to the young girl, and her family, for positive and healthy recovery. choppz
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