Boy, 11, fights for life after being hit by car

An eleven year old Edinburgh schoolboy has been seriously injured after being knocked down at a crossing on Bankhead Drive in the Sighthill area of the city Pic: Andrew O'Brien

An eleven year old Edinburgh schoolboy has been seriously injured after being knocked down at a crossing on Bankhead Drive in the Sighthill area of the city Pic: Andrew O'Brien

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A BOY is fighting for his life after being knocked down by a car at a pedestrian crossing.

The 11-year-old – believed to be from a Polish family – was hit by a grey BMW at 8am yesterday while crossing the road on Bankhead Drive in Sighthill.

It is thought the youngster was on his way to school when the accident occurred.

Emergency services rushed to the scene and the boy was taken to the Sick Kids hospital where he remains in a serious condition.

Bankhead Drive was closed for around two hours while police investiagted.

It is understood the boy was a P7 pupil at a school outwith the local catchment area.

One resident, who declined to be identified, told how the boy’s mother arrived on the scene shortly after the child was hit by the car. “I went down after it happened to see what was going on,” he said.

“It was a little Polish child who was run over – his mum was there and I spoke to her. She was in quite a bad way.

“The traffic was so busy but I never actually saw it happen.”

Another resident said: “There were lots of police cars down by the traffic lights and an ambulance – the little boy who was knocked down was maybe on his way to school.”

Chalk marks could still be seen on the street yesterday after police reopened the road, indicating where inspectors had sketched out the scene of the incident at the traffic lights just off Broomhouse roundabout.

Four police cars, a police van and a road accident

investigation unit were on site until 10.45am when the road was reopened.

The collision comes four days after a boy was hit by a car outside Ferryhill Primary School on Groathill Road North.

The five-year-old, who sustained a minor injury, was treated at the scene by ambulance crews before being taken to the Sick Kids on Monday.

The accident comes as the city announced plans to introduce 20mph speed restrictions across 80 per cent of the Capital’s streets.

Under the new proposals, drivers using all roads in the city centre roads will be forced to cut their speed.

Roads with tenements and other high-density housing will also be included.

Under the current plans, Bankhead Drive – the scene of yesterday’s accident – would not be covered by the shake-up and would remain a 30mph zone.

Police Scotland has launched an appeal for any witnesses.

A spokesman said: “Police in Edinburgh attended a road traffic collision involving an 11-year-old child and a grey BMW on Bankhead Drive, Sighthill shortly after 8am.

“The child was taken to the Sick Kids hospital and is in a serious condition.”

A council spokesman said: “The school have been in touch with the pupil’s family and all our thoughts are with them. We are hoping that he makes a full recovery.”