Granddad ‘could have been organising grandson’s funeral’ after boy hit by car

An 11-year-old boy had a lucky escape after he was knocked into the air by a car, his family say.

Connor Gadd says he was crossing the road in Bucknall, Staffordshire with the green man showing when he spotted a car coming his way.

Fearing that the vehicle would not stop in time, the schoolboy began to run towards the pavement.

The red Mitsubishi hit Connor on his left side, knocking him into the air, The Stoke Sentinel reported.

He would go on to spend a night at the Royal Stoke University Hospital after sustaining a head injury.

While the car that hit him stop, mum Leanne and granddad Terrence say questions about the incident remain unanswered.

Now they are asking witnesses to come forward after claiming Staffordshire Police have closed their investigation into the collision, which happened at around 6pm on Monday, June 3.

The mum explained how Connor had been on an errand a couple of minutes from home when the collision happened.

"He hadn't been gone long when a woman who was in the car behind the vehicle that struck Connor ran to my house to inform me that he'd been in an accident," she said.

"When I got there he was lying on the pavement, crying, with about nine or 10 people around him.

"He had cuts and grazes all down his side, on his head and bruising on his leg.

"It was devastating to see him like that, it was the worst thing you can hear as a parent, it was horrible.

"He went to hospital on a spinal board and stayed in overnight due to his head injury.

"He's been having restless nights and he's more wary about crossing roads now.

"He's extremely lucky to have escaped with just minor injuries and even the doctors said they couldn't believe how lucky he's been."

Leanne urged the drivers of a silver car travelling in the opposite direction to get in touch.

The 31-year-old added: "I want more witnesses to come forward as the police are saying there's nothing they can do but there were a lot of people there.

"The police say they have spoken to three witnesses – and two are saying the traffic lights were on green and one is saying the traffic lights were on red.

"But there are other witnesses that haven't been contacted such as the lady who was driving behind the car that collided with Connor."

Terrence, 57, suggested the investigation was not being taken as seriously as it would have had Connor been more severely hurt.

"If this had been a fatality or Connor had suffered life-changing injuries I don't think the police would have approached it in the same way," he said.

"We could have been looking at organising a funeral now but thank God Connor noticed the car wasn't able to stop and ran. We taught him how to cross the road from a young age.

"So many questions haven't been answered. We really need the driver of the silver car to come forward."

Staffordshire Police stressed they are continuing to investigate the collision.

Witnesses should call the police on 101, quoting incident number 640 of June 3.

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