Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

We're So Lucky Lucia Is till Here after That; Mum's Anguish after Her Daughter Is Injured While Using a Tyneside Pelican Crossing

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

We're So Lucky Lucia Is till Here after That; Mum's Anguish after Her Daughter Is Injured While Using a Tyneside Pelican Crossing

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ROAD crash victim Lucia Surtees is lucky to be alive after being hit while on a pelican crossing, her mum said today.

The four-year-old was hit by a white 4x4 and fell to the ground in agony, suffering two broken bones in her right leg.

She was taken to Newcastle's RVI where doctors re-set the double fracture in an operation.

Now her mum Pauline is appealing for witnesses to come forward to help police piece together the circumstances of the collision on Wallsend Road, in North Shields.

Pauline, 23, of Palmersville, said: "We are very lucky Lucia survived with injuries to her leg. It could have been much worse. She could have hurt her head and we may have lost her."

Lucia, a pupil at Ivy Road Primary School, in Forest Hall, was with her best friend Yasmin, four, her mum Lisa Rutherford and her partner when the crash took place just after 1pm on Saturday.

The girls had stayed at Lisa's home in Wallsend Road, North Shields, on Friday night and Lucia was due to go back to her house in Palmersville the next day.

Lisa, 25, said: "We were waiting at the pelican crossing when one car pulled out from the corner, from Wooler Avenue, and passed through. The lights then changed and we heard the beeping sound which meant we could cross.

"At that moment Yasmin's scooter got jammed at the kerb but Lucia started to cross the road. At the same time, another car pulled out from Wooler Avenue and hit Lucia.

"Her scooter went flying across the road and she just crippled to the ground. She was crying and screaming. Her leg was bleeding. It was horrific.

"The first thing I did was grab Lucia. She could not stand up so I carried her inside The Pineapple pub at the side of the road. I tried to comfort her and we waited there till the ambulance came. She was in agony."

Pauline, who is nine weeks' pregnant, was called and she arrived at the hospital. …

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