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Scooter involved in Bonython collision

By johnboy - 12 April 2011 27


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A 9-year-old boy is in a critical condition at The Canberra Hospital following a collision with a car earlier this morning (Tuesday, April 12)

About 9am the boy was on his way to school on his scooter when he has collided with a car on Hurtle Avenue, out front of Bonython Primary School.

ACT Policing’s Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team is investigating the collision.

Hurtle Avenue is temporarily closed while police conduct investigations.

The boy is being treated at The Canberra Hospital for head injuries.

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision are asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers website on www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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27 Responses to
Scooter involved in Bonython collision
johnboy 1:52 pm 13 Apr 11

BicycleCanberra said :

I think we should look at banning Cars within a certain distance of schools or at having separate pickup ,drop off locations . Congestion is a major issue at our schools now ,particularly after the school closures

And then you’d have these issues at the rendezvous point, further from the facilities to assist.

BicycleCanberra 1:45 pm 13 Apr 11

I think we should look at banning Cars within a certain distance of schools or at having separate pickup ,drop off locations . Congestion is a major issue at our schools now ,particularly after the school closures

Gerry-Built 6:29 am 13 Apr 11

BicycleCanberra said :

Sadly accidents will happen ,I have noticed several near misses around my children s school but until an accident like this happens then we will take notice of road safety. Which should be the Education departments responsibility not just parents.

sadly, the most likely outcome is the banning of scooters (at the School). This is already the case at many Canberra schools, and as is usually the case, some poorly behaved children spoil it for all the others. Storing scooters at school is an issue too.

BicycleCanberra 9:33 pm 12 Apr 11

This has nothing to do whether the boy was wearing a helmet or not, soon will will have helmets for all children going to school next.Helmets were not designed for impacts with motor vehicles .
Like many schools around Canberra ,there is far too many cars at pick up and drop of times.
The more children that walk, cycle and scooter to school the better and safer it will be for children.
Sadly accidents will happen ,I have noticed several near misses around my children s school but until an accident like this happens then we will take notice of road safety. Which should be the Education departments responsibility not just parents.
Kids should be allowed to play safely in the the neighborhood and walk around by themselves. This what we used to do when we were kids.
Hope the boy is OK.

justme75 5:11 pm 12 Apr 11

thats so sad my 2 children know the poor little boy

nyssa76 4:51 pm 12 Apr 11

I want to congratulate the staff at Bonython PS who spoke to the unit the child was in (my daughter’s unit) immediately after the event and organised counselling for those who witnessed the accident as well as the person who immediately treated the child.

My daughter, 8yo, informed me this afternoon that she is indeed friends with the child and was visibly upset by it.

The driver should not be vilified, but I do believe more attention should be given to the speed in which cars travel on Hurtle Ave as it is dangerous for student having to cross the road period. The childrens crossing is behind the school not at Hurtle Ave and I believe there should be one outside the school as well.

The Hoff 4:29 pm 12 Apr 11

I was at the crash site this morning when it happened.
I personally know the child involved as well as the driver of the vehicle, and the person who administered first aid to the young boy.
I will assure you that the driver involved was not driving like a maniac like some above comments would have you believe. She is very upset and will need some sort of counciling.
The young boy involved is known for walking the bonython streets alone day and night and riding his scooter without a helmet also for crossing the road at high speeds without looking.
However it is an extremly sad event and we wish the boy and driver the best.
And hope for a speedy recovery because no matter who is at fault no child deserves this.

Gerry-Built 3:58 pm 12 Apr 11

God… it doesn’t necessarily take much does it? We are all so fragile… sometimes we forget that…

Give your little ones a hug tonight and let them know you love them… There but for the grace of God…

Postalgeek 3:36 pm 12 Apr 11

Sometimes you can’t protect kids from themselves, however much you try.

Really hope the little bloke gets better.

johnboy 3:28 pm 12 Apr 11

The CT is reporting the boy hit a car that was either moving very slowly or stationary and that the boy was not wearing a helmet.

ebony57 2:58 pm 12 Apr 11

First of all, I do hope that the little fella pulls through.

According to the CT website, the police are now saying that the vehicle involved may have been stationary at the time, and that the child (not wearing a helmet) was the one that collided with the car. If this is indeed the case, the driver of the vehicle deserves support rather than censure.

daddy 2:52 pm 12 Apr 11

Just heard Police on news report. From what I understand it was moving scooter hit stationary car. Little bloke not in great shape. Hope he gets better.

KaptnKaos 2:13 pm 12 Apr 11

Vehicles (including buses) always speed around these main Bonython streets, usually by those who are cutting through to miss the traffic on Drakeford. This morning there was a police paddy wagon with 2 police persons and a radar (yes they all still do exist) set up at the Athllon Drv end of Barr-Smith Ave, perhaps this would have been better set up out the front of the school instead.

Hope all is ok with the child.

georgesgenitals 2:07 pm 12 Apr 11

Very, very sad. Why can’t we have traffic control measures where we actually need.

Hope the poor little kid gets better quickly.

nyssa76 1:31 pm 12 Apr 11

I usually drop my children off at school every morning. This morning I dropped my daughter off there at 8:50am, my son is on camp atm.

Coming out of the school, I noticed many drivers going past the school obviously over the 40km/phr speed limit THIS MORNING.

I had the thought that there needed to be speed bumps here……then as I am out, I hear about that poor little boy.Sadly I believe both my children know this child.

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