Boy suffers head injury outside Ratton School

Park Avenue, Eastbourne by Ratton School
Park Avenue, Eastbourne by Ratton School

A YOUNGSTER suffered head injuries after being knocked down by a car outside Ratton School during the busy school run on Wednesday afternoon (February 8).

The incident, which involved a car being in collision with a 16-year-old Ratton pupil, happened at around 3.20pm in Park Avenue outside the secondary school.

Eastbourne resident Mark Dimmock was parked outside the school and was first on the scene to help the boy.

Mark and another man saw the teenager was thrown in the air after being in collision with the car

Mark said, “I was parked up and I didn’t see the initial impact but I heard something.

“I looked up and saw him flying through the air and he hit another parked car.”

Mark and another man rushed over to the boy and tried to make him as comfortable as possible while other onlookers called an ambulance.

The incident happened during the busy school run and there were many parents in the area collecting their children from school.

“It was very chaotic,” said Mark.

He added, “The boy was out of it for a few seconds and another chap came over with me to try and help him too.

“I saw he hit his head, so I really hope he is okay and making a recovery.”

The boy suffered a head injury, which was not life-threatening, and was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton by ambulance.

The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance was called to the scene but was stood down when it was decided the boy would travel to hospital by road.

There were no other injuries but the woman driver was reported to be very shaken by the incident.

David Linsell, Ratton headteacher, said, “We were all shocked at the accident after school yesterday, but are delighted that he is making a rapid recovery and very pleased to see how well his friends rallied around to support him.”