Learner driver struck down a 5-year-old child and crashed into a house

Police are appealing for witnesses after a learner driver struck down a 5-year old boy and crashed into a house in Saffron Walden.

The child who suffered life-threatening injuries was airlifted to Addrenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, where he remains in critical but stable condition.

The incident happened on Gabriel Street around 5.15pm on Wednesday.

Essex Police believe the driver was a learner as ‘L’ plates were found on the car. Both driver and passenger have been voluntarily interviewed and enquiries are continuing.

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Saffron Waldon Fire Station

The police are asking all children who were present at the time of  the accident but who have not yet spoken to officers to come forward and tell what they have seen.

Kim Harris a next door neighbour, who also called the ambulance describes the scene: “Firstly I’ve heard acceleration tires, screeching and then a crash bang. I felt it, it made the house shake, so it was quite big.”

Kim said when she ran out the kids were screaming and firstly had seen the car and then noticed the boy laying on the floor couple of yards away, who ‘didn’t look good’.

‘There were lots of people shouting, screaming and before I knew it, it was all scooped out and it was just panic’.

Witnesses are asked to contact the serious collision investigation unit on 101 quoting incident 756 of 15/03 or email collisionappeal@essex.pnn.police.uk.

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