Boy ‘thrown high into the air’ in Dagenham car collision

The scene in Valence Avenue

The scene in Valence Avenue - Credit: Archant

A 12-year-old boy has been rushed to hospital after being hit by a car in Dagenham this afternoon.

The scene in Valence Avenue

The scene in Valence Avenue - Credit: Archant

The incident happened in Valence Avenue at 4.17pm after the youngster got off a bus and crossed the road.

Neighbour Eduardo Marreno Jumenez spotted the collision and ran over to help the boy.

“I was cycling along and I saw it happen,” he said. “A car hit him and the boy flew so high through the air.

“It was an awful sight. He banged his head very badly.

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“He was covered in blood. I pressed his head with towels until the ambulance came about 20 minutes later.”

The 35-year-old, who lives around the corner, said that the incident made him fear for the safety of his own three children.

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“It was such a shock to see and so scary that it can happen whenever,” he added.

Police confirmed they were called at 16.18pm to reports of a child in a collision with a Volkswagen Passat.

They closed the road shortly afterwards and it was reopened at 19.14pm.

The boy was taken to an east London hospital for treatment for a head injury.

His injuries, although initially believed to be serious, have been deemed non life threatening.

A spokeswoman from London Ambulance Service said: “We treated a boy for a head injury and took him as a priority to Queen’s Hospital.

“He was conscious and breathing.”

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