Young girl in hospital after being hit by car in North Cheam

This Is Local London: The scene yesterday evening (Picture by Simon Densley, The Worcester Park Blog) The scene yesterday evening (Picture by Simon Densley, The Worcester Park Blog)

A young girl is in hospital after being knocked down by a car in North Cheam yesterday.

The 12-year-old was thrown along the road by the collision at the junction of Malden Road and Chatsworth Road at 6.22pm.

The was taken to hospital for treatment to head and leg injuries but they are not thought to be life changing.

Chatsworth Road, Malden Road and Priory Road were all closed until 9.50pm while emergency services attended. Bus services were diverted.


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10:17am Wed 18 Dec 13

fargis says...

This is very sad but unlikely to be the last. I hope the girl makes a speedy recovery and can be at home with her family for Christmas.

We really need to look at our town and decide that we shouldn't be giving over so much space to cars and lorries. We need space for people to live and play. If we had safer roads, we could have better communities and use other methods of transport.

The one way system in Sutton is like, in so many towns, a race circuit and we are even seeing electric buggies in the high street for people that can't be bothered to walk. We have also seen the introduction of a borough wide car share scheme, which would be fine if people didn't have cars, but those that do have them are unlikely to get rid of them and start using these. About time we saw some changes to help the younger people in the community and improve the lives of all of us so we don't have to deal with so much traffic.
This is very sad but unlikely to be the last. I hope the girl makes a speedy recovery and can be at home with her family for Christmas. We really need to look at our town and decide that we shouldn't be giving over so much space to cars and lorries. We need space for people to live and play. If we had safer roads, we could have better communities and use other methods of transport. The one way system in Sutton is like, in so many towns, a race circuit and we are even seeing electric buggies in the high street for people that can't be bothered to walk. We have also seen the introduction of a borough wide car share scheme, which would be fine if people didn't have cars, but those that do have them are unlikely to get rid of them and start using these. About time we saw some changes to help the younger people in the community and improve the lives of all of us so we don't have to deal with so much traffic. fargis

11:03am Wed 18 Dec 13

Sutton53 says...

fargis wrote:
This is very sad but unlikely to be the last. I hope the girl makes a speedy recovery and can be at home with her family for Christmas.

We really need to look at our town and decide that we shouldn't be giving over so much space to cars and lorries. We need space for people to live and play. If we had safer roads, we could have better communities and use other methods of transport.

The one way system in Sutton is like, in so many towns, a race circuit and we are even seeing electric buggies in the high street for people that can't be bothered to walk. We have also seen the introduction of a borough wide car share scheme, which would be fine if people didn't have cars, but those that do have them are unlikely to get rid of them and start using these. About time we saw some changes to help the younger people in the community and improve the lives of all of us so we don't have to deal with so much traffic.
Fargis says

..... we are even seeing electric buggies in the high street for people that can't be bothered to walk.....

What a selfish, thoughtless comment. Does it not occur to you that maybe these people cannot walk up and down the High Street. Not everyone is blessed with full mobility and if you are then you should be grateful that you are not in need of such assistance.
[quote][p][bold]fargis[/bold] wrote: This is very sad but unlikely to be the last. I hope the girl makes a speedy recovery and can be at home with her family for Christmas. We really need to look at our town and decide that we shouldn't be giving over so much space to cars and lorries. We need space for people to live and play. If we had safer roads, we could have better communities and use other methods of transport. The one way system in Sutton is like, in so many towns, a race circuit and we are even seeing electric buggies in the high street for people that can't be bothered to walk. We have also seen the introduction of a borough wide car share scheme, which would be fine if people didn't have cars, but those that do have them are unlikely to get rid of them and start using these. About time we saw some changes to help the younger people in the community and improve the lives of all of us so we don't have to deal with so much traffic.[/p][/quote]Fargis says ..... we are even seeing electric buggies in the high street for people that can't be bothered to walk..... What a selfish, thoughtless comment. Does it not occur to you that maybe these people cannot walk up and down the High Street. Not everyone is blessed with full mobility and if you are then you should be grateful that you are not in need of such assistance. Sutton53

11:09am Wed 18 Dec 13

fargis says...

Sutton53 wrote:
fargis wrote:
This is very sad but unlikely to be the last. I hope the girl makes a speedy recovery and can be at home with her family for Christmas.

We really need to look at our town and decide that we shouldn't be giving over so much space to cars and lorries. We need space for people to live and play. If we had safer roads, we could have better communities and use other methods of transport.

The one way system in Sutton is like, in so many towns, a race circuit and we are even seeing electric buggies in the high street for people that can't be bothered to walk. We have also seen the introduction of a borough wide car share scheme, which would be fine if people didn't have cars, but those that do have them are unlikely to get rid of them and start using these. About time we saw some changes to help the younger people in the community and improve the lives of all of us so we don't have to deal with so much traffic.
Fargis says

..... we are even seeing electric buggies in the high street for people that can't be bothered to walk.....

What a selfish, thoughtless comment. Does it not occur to you that maybe these people cannot walk up and down the High Street. Not everyone is blessed with full mobility and if you are then you should be grateful that you are not in need of such assistance.
The buggies I am on about are the ones that anyone can use - these are not mobility scooters or similar.
[quote][p][bold]Sutton53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fargis[/bold] wrote: This is very sad but unlikely to be the last. I hope the girl makes a speedy recovery and can be at home with her family for Christmas. We really need to look at our town and decide that we shouldn't be giving over so much space to cars and lorries. We need space for people to live and play. If we had safer roads, we could have better communities and use other methods of transport. The one way system in Sutton is like, in so many towns, a race circuit and we are even seeing electric buggies in the high street for people that can't be bothered to walk. We have also seen the introduction of a borough wide car share scheme, which would be fine if people didn't have cars, but those that do have them are unlikely to get rid of them and start using these. About time we saw some changes to help the younger people in the community and improve the lives of all of us so we don't have to deal with so much traffic.[/p][/quote]Fargis says ..... we are even seeing electric buggies in the high street for people that can't be bothered to walk..... What a selfish, thoughtless comment. Does it not occur to you that maybe these people cannot walk up and down the High Street. Not everyone is blessed with full mobility and if you are then you should be grateful that you are not in need of such assistance.[/p][/quote]The buggies I am on about are the ones that anyone can use - these are not mobility scooters or similar. fargis

11:37am Wed 18 Dec 13

bernie22 says...

This is very sad but I'm not surprised as a regular user of this crossing, I have been waiting to cross and cars go speeding by. I think this should have a light controlled pedestrian crossing instead and may be the drivers will pay more attention to this.
This is very sad but I'm not surprised as a regular user of this crossing, I have been waiting to cross and cars go speeding by. I think this should have a light controlled pedestrian crossing instead and may be the drivers will pay more attention to this. bernie22

11:40am Wed 18 Dec 13

bernie22 says...

Sadly I'm not surprised as a regular user of this crossing I have seen cars drive by when waiting to cross. I think this should be changed to a light controlled crossing and pedestrian will have a better chance of crossing the road safely. I would like to wish the girl a speedy recovery.
Sadly I'm not surprised as a regular user of this crossing I have seen cars drive by when waiting to cross. I think this should be changed to a light controlled crossing and pedestrian will have a better chance of crossing the road safely. I would like to wish the girl a speedy recovery. bernie22

12:19pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Dontgetangry... says...

I rode past the aftermath of this last night and one thing was very clear. The car hit the poor girl on the side of the crossing where there is no spotlight. It was miserable wet weather, visibility reduced, and the driver could easily have not seen anything until too late. I am speculating of course, but recently a woman was killed on a Zebra outside Kingston Hospital where the lights had been dismantled! A pelican crossing is not the answer. A properly lit Zebra crossing is. Maybe a lit speed reminder either side of it too.
Speedy recovery to the young girl
I rode past the aftermath of this last night and one thing was very clear. The car hit the poor girl on the side of the crossing where there is no spotlight. It was miserable wet weather, visibility reduced, and the driver could easily have not seen anything until too late. I am speculating of course, but recently a woman was killed on a Zebra outside Kingston Hospital where the lights had been dismantled! A pelican crossing is not the answer. A properly lit Zebra crossing is. Maybe a lit speed reminder either side of it too. Speedy recovery to the young girl Dontgetangry...

2:31pm Wed 18 Dec 13

theavengers says...

We need to make pedestrian crossing safer with good lighting and cars need to slow down. I don't allow my 12yo to walk to school alone, I walk with her, because traffic is s dangerous. She appreciates I still look out for her. But lots of kids walk alone and please do look out for them. Just think if it was your child. Slow down, look carefully, and light up the roads and fix blind spots.
We need to make pedestrian crossing safer with good lighting and cars need to slow down. I don't allow my 12yo to walk to school alone, I walk with her, because traffic is s dangerous. She appreciates I still look out for her. But lots of kids walk alone and please do look out for them. Just think if it was your child. Slow down, look carefully, and light up the roads and fix blind spots. theavengers

10:59pm Wed 18 Dec 13

dmw-10 says...

Dontgetangry... wrote:
I rode past the aftermath of this last night and one thing was very clear. The car hit the poor girl on the side of the crossing where there is no spotlight. It was miserable wet weather, visibility reduced, and the driver could easily have not seen anything until too late. I am speculating of course, but recently a woman was killed on a Zebra outside Kingston Hospital where the lights had been dismantled! A pelican crossing is not the answer. A properly lit Zebra crossing is. Maybe a lit speed reminder either side of it too. Speedy recovery to the young girl
I'm sorry, but a properly lit zebra crossing makes no difference to the motorists who still ignore people are waiting to cross during the day. I see it all the time. Any motorist should slow down to ensure the crossing is clear whether fully lit or not; the only difference being they ought to take extra care if poorly lit. My children go to a nearby school and regardless of what time of day it is, drivers feel the need to become oblivious to pedestrians, if they think they can avoid waiting 20 seconds for someone to cross they will.

Drivers need to slow down and take extra care, that's what will make a difference.

I also wish the young girl a very speedy recovery.



I'm sorry, but a properly lit zebra crossing makes no difference to the motorists who still ignore people are waiting to cross during the day. I see it all the time. Any motorist should slow down to ensure the crossing is clear whether fully lit or not; the only difference being they ought to take extra care if poorly lit. My children go to a nearby school and regardless of what time of day it is, drivers feel the need to become oblivious to pedestrians, if they think they can avoid waiting 20 seconds for someone to cross they will.

Drivers need to slow down and take extra care, that's what will make a difference.

I also wish the young girl a very speedy recovery.
[quote][p][bold]Dontgetangry...[/bold] wrote: I rode past the aftermath of this last night and one thing was very clear. The car hit the poor girl on the side of the crossing where there is no spotlight. It was miserable wet weather, visibility reduced, and the driver could easily have not seen anything until too late. I am speculating of course, but recently a woman was killed on a Zebra outside Kingston Hospital where the lights had been dismantled! A pelican crossing is not the answer. A properly lit Zebra crossing is. Maybe a lit speed reminder either side of it too. Speedy recovery to the young girl[/p][/quote]I'm sorry, but a properly lit zebra crossing makes no difference to the motorists who still ignore people are waiting to cross during the day. I see it all the time. Any motorist should slow down to ensure the crossing is clear whether fully lit or not; the only difference being they ought to take extra care if poorly lit. My children go to a nearby school and regardless of what time of day it is, drivers feel the need to become oblivious to pedestrians, if they think they can avoid waiting 20 seconds for someone to cross they will. Drivers need to slow down and take extra care, that's what will make a difference. I also wish the young girl a very speedy recovery. I'm sorry, but a properly lit zebra crossing makes no difference to the motorists who still ignore people are waiting to cross during the day. I see it all the time. Any motorist should slow down to ensure the crossing is clear whether fully lit or not; the only difference being they ought to take extra care if poorly lit. My children go to a nearby school and regardless of what time of day it is, drivers feel the need to become oblivious to pedestrians, if they think they can avoid waiting 20 seconds for someone to cross they will. Drivers need to slow down and take extra care, that's what will make a difference. I also wish the young girl a very speedy recovery. dmw-10

8:01am Thu 19 Dec 13

woowoowend says...

i had a similar experience in asda car park, luckily i didnt run anyone over but i could have as the zebra crossing had no lights and the big lights in the car park were not working and it was pitch black, it wasnt until the person concerned came steaming over to me and had a go at me for not stopping and him wanting to call the police that i had to point out that the zebra was not lit and i didnt see it was a zebra crossing, he worked in asda so i told him to call the police and i would call health and safety he soon backed off from his rant......and after complaining to Asda over 2 weeks ago the Zebra still is not lit up. Rant over, I wish the young girl a speedy recovery and hope she is home for christmas xx
i had a similar experience in asda car park, luckily i didnt run anyone over but i could have as the zebra crossing had no lights and the big lights in the car park were not working and it was pitch black, it wasnt until the person concerned came steaming over to me and had a go at me for not stopping and him wanting to call the police that i had to point out that the zebra was not lit and i didnt see it was a zebra crossing, he worked in asda so i told him to call the police and i would call health and safety he soon backed off from his rant......and after complaining to Asda over 2 weeks ago the Zebra still is not lit up. Rant over, I wish the young girl a speedy recovery and hope she is home for christmas xx woowoowend

11:13pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Dontgetangry... says...

dmw-10
I'm sorry, but a properly lit zebra crossing makes no difference to the motorists who still ignore people are waiting to cross during the day.

Tell that to the poor girl in hospital. You are creating a side issue to this sad story. You may have a point but I was merely stating what I observed and avoiding a possible recurrence. It's no coincidence that the following day a new spotlight was installed. The car that hit her was barely 10m past the crossing so mostly likely wasn't going too fast. It is also a new road surface with no anti-skid, compounding the problem. You can't react to something you cant see no matter how fast you are going. Pedestrians don't have a right to step out in front of cars on a Zebra and expect them to stop instantly. I get it cycling, I'll be a few metres from a crossing and someone will just march across and then get irate when i don't stop because i can't. Road safety is a mutual issue. Respect for all road users from all road users. That will be a fine day indeed.
dmw-10 I'm sorry, but a properly lit zebra crossing makes no difference to the motorists who still ignore people are waiting to cross during the day. Tell that to the poor girl in hospital. You are creating a side issue to this sad story. You may have a point but I was merely stating what I observed and avoiding a possible recurrence. It's no coincidence that the following day a new spotlight was installed. The car that hit her was barely 10m past the crossing so mostly likely wasn't going too fast. It is also a new road surface with no anti-skid, compounding the problem. You can't react to something you cant see no matter how fast you are going. Pedestrians don't have a right to step out in front of cars on a Zebra and expect them to stop instantly. I get it cycling, I'll be a few metres from a crossing and someone will just march across and then get irate when i don't stop because i can't. Road safety is a mutual issue. Respect for all road users from all road users. That will be a fine day indeed. Dontgetangry...

12:59am Sun 22 Dec 13

dmw-10 says...

Pedestrians do have a right to stand at a zebra crossing and expect a driver to stop though. I don't know the full details of the story, but merely mention the fact that as with all crossings, well lit or not, drivers need to slow down and check for pedestrians.

I will say, and I'm not for one minute suggesting you are in the same category, there are many cyclists on the road that really do need to abide by the Highway Code as well. Many times I have seen cyclists jump red lights believing they are exempt from road rules. I have, only this week, witnessed a very near miss of two vehicles colliding which was the result of a selfish cyclist who paid no attention to the traffic signals and the consequences of his actions and merely carried on cycling without a care in the world.

And before you jump on me for being negative about cyclists, I'm proud to say I am also a cyclist, and a careful, considerate one at that!
Pedestrians do have a right to stand at a zebra crossing and expect a driver to stop though. I don't know the full details of the story, but merely mention the fact that as with all crossings, well lit or not, drivers need to slow down and check for pedestrians. I will say, and I'm not for one minute suggesting you are in the same category, there are many cyclists on the road that really do need to abide by the Highway Code as well. Many times I have seen cyclists jump red lights believing they are exempt from road rules. I have, only this week, witnessed a very near miss of two vehicles colliding which was the result of a selfish cyclist who paid no attention to the traffic signals and the consequences of his actions and merely carried on cycling without a care in the world. And before you jump on me for being negative about cyclists, I'm proud to say I am also a cyclist, and a careful, considerate one at that! dmw-10

11:48am Mon 23 Dec 13

fargis says...

Highway code on zebra crossings, before people continue to state what they reckon. *Always check that the traffic has STOPPED before you start to cross or push a pram onto a crossing. *Always cross between the studs or over the zebra markings. Do not cross at the side of the crossing or on the zig-zag lines, as it can be dangerous. *You MUST NOT loiter on any type of crossing.
https://www.gov.uk/r
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Highway code on zebra crossings, before people continue to state what they reckon. *Always check that the traffic has STOPPED before you start to cross or push a pram onto a crossing. *Always cross between the studs or over the zebra markings. Do not cross at the side of the crossing or on the zig-zag lines, as it can be dangerous. *You MUST NOT loiter on any type of crossing. https://www.gov.uk/r ules-pedestrians-1-t o-35/crossings-18-to -30 fargis

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