Little girl rushed to hospital, eyewitness describes scene of road crash

The first person to the scene when a little girl was seriously injured by a car this afternoon has told this website what he saw.

Anthony Reed, 42, was parking his car outside of his Leys Road home in Bennetts End at the time of the accident. It was the nine-year-old daughter of one of his neighbours who had been hit.

Smash in Leys Road, Bennetts End.

Smash in Leys Road, Bennetts End.

He said: “I just saw the aftermath – the car slowing down and the little girl’s body landing.

“She was half in and half out of the road. She was still and unconscious, but I could see her body moving. I was trying to keep people away from her. My neighbour rushed out and put a blanket over her.

“She had a football with her – I just saw the football under the car and her body land on the road. She looked like she had got a lot of bruising around her face, which was already starting to appear straight after the accident.”

An air ambulance, land ambulance, paramedic’s fast response car and multiple police cars arrived after being called to the street at about 4.40pm today.

Smash in Leys Road, Bennetts End.

Smash in Leys Road, Bennetts End.

Following treatment from crews from the East of England Ambulance Service Trust, the girl was flown to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge by Magpas air ambulance.

A dent was left in the black Toyota Yaris that Mr Reed said was in collision with the child.

There is no indication that the vehicle was speeding, but Mr Reed said: “Something needs to be done about this road. People tear up and down here at night and they have never had any traffic calming measures here.”

More updates on this story to follow.