30 November 2021

Police seek driver after child hit on way to school

| Kim Treasure
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Macgregor Primary School

The girl was on her way to Macgregor Primary when she was hit by a car. Photo: Daniella Jukic.

A 10-year-old girl on her way to school was hit by a vehicle that then failed to stop in Macgregor this morning (30 November).

The accident happened between 8:30 am and 8:45 am when the child was on her way to Macgregor Primary School.

When the collision happened, she was crossing a pedestrian crossing on her bike on Osburn Drive near the intersection with Cannan Crescent, Macgregor.

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The girl suffered minor injuries but was able to keep going to her school. The ACT Ambulance Service was then called to assist.

The driver of a white, older vehicle, possibly a station wagon, did not stop and provide assistance.

Police would like the driver to come forward to assist with the investigation.

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Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has information that can assist police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Quote 6974397. Information can be provided anonymously.


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Here’s another idea. Let’s think of the intersection as cars crossing the pedestrian path, rather than pedestrians crossing the car’s path. That would certainly turn thinking around.

liberalsocialist5:10 pm 30 Nov 21

What a disgrace. And while in no way taking away from this cowardly act, I have come from NSW where we are told to dismount a bike before crossing a pedestrian crossing. Here in ACT, it’s a ridiculous notion that bike riders can cross a pedestrian crossing on their bikes. With the number of bike riders who blindly expect cars to stop – despite the speed at which they cross- this was always going to happen. Dismount your bike before you cross – it’s safer for everyone and bugger all inconvenience to the rider.

Or, here’s a thought, car drivers could watch what is happening around them. And at bugger all inconvenience to them, slow down a bit at pedestrian crossings.

It is not “bugger all inconvenience” it actually makes a big difference when it is your commute! When I drive past a crossing, I look both ways, just as if i were driving through any other intersection where I do not have right of way! It is not that hard. Better street design would help though, i think this would be less likely to happen on a raised crossing.

That said, though, bikes are required to slow to around 10km/h before crossing – a bike crossing at the otherwise speed limit of 35 or a similarly high speed would be dangerous.

I very much doubt that a 10 year old was travelling at 35kmh. Kids I know are very aware of their vulnerability near roads and are exceedingly cautious.

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