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Mum calls for action after son hurt in Hockerill hit and run

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A Bishop’s Stortford mother of three is appealing for eyewitnesses after her eldest child was knocked over by a car at the Hockerill crossroads.

Hockerill Crossroads, Bishops Stortford. Andrea Stamadiades by the crossroads, her son Ky was knocked down here. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (7421798)
Hockerill Crossroads, Bishops Stortford. Andrea Stamadiades by the crossroads, her son Ky was knocked down here. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (7421798)

Andrea Stamadiades took her 25-year-old son Ky to Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) in Harlow after the collision last Wednesday morning.

Ky was hit by a red car as he crossed Stansted Road from the Cock Inn to Ruby’s Indian restaurant at around 6.45am.

He was walking to work at Argos in Jackson Square from the family home on the Parsonage estate and the traffic lights were red when he crossed. As he was halfway across the road, the lights changed to amber and, in that moment, a motorist in a red car drove at him.

Ky jumped back, but the driver clipped him; he rolled along the passenger side of the car and fell to the ground.

The car sped away. No-one stopped to see if Ky was all right.

“No-one even rolled open the window to ask if they were OK,” said Andrea.

Ky, who was in a state of shock, got up and walked to work in a daze. Over the course of the day, a bruise developed on the right side of his body and the pain gradually became more intense.

When he got home, he told his mother what had happened and she reported it to police. The officer she spoke to told her to call 111, the NHS number for people to ring when they need medical advice or treatment quickly and cannot wait for an appointment to see their doctor.

Andrea was told to take Ky to the accident and emergency department at PAH, where they spent the next three hours. Luckily Ky had not broken any bones, but had suffered deep tissue bruising.

“I’m quite disgusted. I’m very annoyed and I’m pretty peeved about the response from our local councillors,” said Andrea.

“Only one councillor has been any good in my opinion – John Wyllie, who’s offered to meet with me.”

Andrea said that she plans to discuss means of improving road safety at the Hockerill crossroads with Cllr Wyllie – who is leader of the town council and a member of both East Herts district and Hertfordshire county councils – and to raise her hopes of getting fixed cameras installed at the traffic lights.

Meanwhile, Andrea is appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident to get in touch with Stortford police.

Failing to stop at the scene of an accident involving injury is an offence which carries a maximum penalty of six months’ imprisonment.

Anyone who has any information that could help police in the investigation should call 101 or visit www.herts.police.uk/Report. The reference number is 174 of February 20.

Alternatively, report details anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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