Boy, five, airlifted to hospital after being hit by car in Saffron Walden

PUBLISHED: 09:15 16 March 2017 | UPDATED: 11:24 16 March 2017

A five-year-old boy is in hospital after being hit by a car which then struck a house in Gabriel Street, Saffron Walden, Pic: Saffron Walden Fire

A five-year-old boy is in hospital after being hit by a car which then struck a house in Gabriel Street, Saffron Walden, Pic: Saffron Walden Fire

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A five-year-old boy is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after being hit by a car which then smashed into a house in Essex yesterday.

A five-year-old boy is in hospital after being hit by a car which then struck a house in Gabriel Street, Saffron Walden, Pic: Saffron Walden Fire A five-year-old boy is in hospital after being hit by a car which then struck a house in Gabriel Street, Saffron Walden, Pic: Saffron Walden Fire

Police were contacted shortly before 5.15pm on Wednesday with reports a Renault Megane had collided with the child before hitting a house in Gabriel Street, Saffron Walden.

Paramedics and an air ambulance attended the scene and the boy was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

The driver and passenger of the vehicle have been voluntarily interviewed by police and enquiries are continuing.

Carly Stokes, 36, who lives next door to the house, said: “I didn’t see it but I heard the bang and came running out as my children were playing in the road.

The damage to the house in Gabriel Street, Saffron Walden The damage to the house in Gabriel Street, Saffron Walden

“The boy was hit by the car and dragged across the road. It was terrible because I know the family and our children play together.

“Everyone was screaming, and I found the boy lying behind my car.”

Limin Wang, who lives at the house which was struck by the car, said: “I was cooking in the kitchen when I heard a loud bang.

“I ran out and saw all the commotion. There were lots of children around and people were crying in the street.”

The damage to the house in Gabriel Street, Saffron Walden The damage to the house in Gabriel Street, Saffron Walden

Mrs Wang’s husband Yikang, who was not home from work at the time of the incident, added: “We spent the night in a hotel as there is structural damage to the house. The child is seriously injured and we hope he recovers.”

A statement on Saffron Walden Fire Station’s Facebook page said: “999 call to a car crashed into a house on Gabriel Road, Saffron Walden.

“One fire crew protected the scene while police conducted their investigation.”

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said: “We received a call yesterday at 5.09pm to reports of an road traffic collision involving a young pedestrian on Gabriel Street, Saffron Walden.

“We dispatched a community first responder (CFR), ambulance crew, ambulance officer, and an air ambulance from the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) charity.

“At the scene the young child was treated for life threatening injuries before being air lifted to Addenbrookes for further care in a critical condition.”

Gabriel Street is located in a housing development off Ashdon Road, behind Saffron Walden Community Hospital.

• Witnesses are asked to contact the serious collision investigation unit on 101 or via email.

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