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Girl, 7, hospitalised following Road Town accident

October 8th, 2018 | Tags: Accident
The named schoolgirl crossed eastbound to the middle of the dual carriageway, then attempted again to cross westbound when she was hit by a vehicle traveling west. Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI: A 7-year-old girl is now hospitalised after a serious accident on the James Walter Francis Dual Carriageway sometime after 16:00hrs/4:00pm on Monday, October 8, 2018.

According to information obtained by VINO, the schoolgirl was crossing the Highway adjacent to the festival grounds, when she was hit by a car.

The named schoolgirl crossed eastbound to the middle of the dual carriageway, then attempted again to cross westbound when she was hit by a vehicle traveling west.

Not life-threatening

She was taken by an Ambulance to Peebles Hospital where her injuries are reportedly not life-threatening, however, she is still receiving treatment.

Our newsroom will bring more information as the details unfold.

18 Responses to “Girl, 7, hospitalised following Road Town accident ”

  • Jaigon (08/10/2018, 20:14) Like (30) Dislike (12) Reply
    Some drivers on these road drives only for themselves and no one else. Now if you are a driver on the dual carriage way and you saw another vehicle stop, are you telling me it will not dawn on you that either someone is coming out of that vehicle or it stopto let someone cross. Some of these drivers here drive with no consideration for others, where they racing going I really don’t know. Just this afternoon I was coming from Tortola General store at port Purcell and I saw a Jeep coming in the opposite direction full speed like he was on a race track, I have to really asked myself where this dude was going with all that speed. I really do hope that the little girl is ok. On another note, I wonder how a parent can really allow a 7 years old to be crossing the dual carriage way. This is also irresponsible on the part of parents.
    • SLACK PARENT (08/10/2018, 22:45) Like (63) Dislike (3) Reply

      THATS THE SAME THING I SAYING. WHAT IN THE WORLD A 7YR OLD DOING CROSSING THE HIGHWAY ALONE?
      • me again (09/10/2018, 05:34) Like (8) Dislike (13) Reply
        Comments are in order yes BUT we like to say Government cannot do everything but WHERE are the crossing areas on the HIGHWAY ? Where are CROSSING GUARDS ? Where is at least ONE Walk OVER HEAD BRIDGE ?
        H L Stoutt said ; where there is no vision ————. . This will continue because these NDP guys had their agenda and they did what wanted at the expense of ALL of us
    • BlackButterfly (09/10/2018, 10:13) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      @ Jaigon, Yep that same jeep was behind of me on the side by One Mart Blowing as if I can go any faster when I need to stop at the round about and yes, coming around by the port I'm lucky I was not hit as he didn't even come off the curve properly or in one steady lane before "FLYING" to town like a crazy person.

      Seven is pretty young yes.

      Advice : Please teach the children when crossing there it is best to just wait, the stop lights will hold traffic at some point on that lane (that is the best time to cross)
  • musa (08/10/2018, 20:32) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
    Ck your records how many time this driver end up in accident in 2 weeks he drive careless . ,
  • pat (08/10/2018, 20:37) Like (19) Dislike (4) Reply
    Hope she is ok
  • motherly (08/10/2018, 21:22) Like (13) Dislike (7) Reply
    This is a plea to everyone not to judge the girls mother or the driver. There may be facts you are not aware of. Instead let us send positive energy and pray for the girl and her family.
  • Hmmmm (08/10/2018, 21:28) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    How come the driver didn't see the girl and the girl didn't see the vehicle, there is nothing in that area to obstruct either of them view? Happy that she is OK.. Drivers and pedestrians need to focus on the road when they are using it...
    • @ Hmmmm (09/10/2018, 03:54) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      Maybe, just maybe, there were other vehicles using the highway which may obviously create a blind spot between the little girl and the driver in question. Consider also that we are looking at multiple lanes and whereas there could very well be vehicles in one lane that can cause a blind spot for a driver in his/ her other lane. If the little girl was not crossing on a pedestrian crosswalk then the last thing any driver would expect is someone to be crossing. At seven I believe her height would be a factor. Praying that she recovers well.
    • NezRez (09/10/2018, 11:18) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      I have had to slam on brakes because a adult walked from behind a vehicle which I could not see until the last second. On a 3 lane runway, one driver might ok a pedestrian to cross, but we on the other side can’t see them. Now put that together with a very small child, that is an accident for sure. The parents must make sure their children are safe when on these streets. I really hope this baby girl will be alright..prayers for a speedy recovery.
  • Drivers (08/10/2018, 21:28) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Pray the little girl is ok.
    Just today, a vehicle started moving over to my side because the driver was holding his cell phone up in plain sight either texting or looking up a number. Had to blow my horn to get his attention. He continued holding the phone and swerved back into his lane. Whenvwill the madness stop?
    Also these young scooter riders constantly running the traffic light.
    Please, please, please, get Police Officers out on the roads to enforce the laws and keep the discipline.
  • SMH (08/10/2018, 22:21) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    So sad
  • one eye (08/10/2018, 22:23) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Vino who is the driver you holding out
  • Interested (08/10/2018, 22:52) Like (32) Dislike (3) Reply
    Why was she crossing a highway ? The BVI is the only place this goes on.
    • @Interested (09/10/2018, 00:46) Like (9) Dislike (9) Reply
      To get to the other side
    • Exactly (09/10/2018, 06:45) Like (8) Dislike (8) Reply
      Child protective services need to open an investigation on the parent but hey, the BVI don't take those things serious.
  • @Interested (10/10/2018, 09:12) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree... there is a crossing about 200 yards east (by the lights) of where she was crossing and another 200 yards west (by the roundabout)… Parents really need to teach their children the correct way to cross the road and where to do it!
  • Just saying (10/10/2018, 14:30) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    We say 7 is pretty young but that's a good learning age for being responsible. At that age I was sent to the supermarkets to purchase manageable items and walk.back home. My mom n dad taught me how to.cross the streets but at times I would be carelessly not.paying attention or risk and run across the road when I do see.vehicles coming and gladly get across safely. Now reading this article she clearly did not utilize the crosswalks but took risks and went across the highway. It is very unfortunate what happened whether the driver was speeding or not she took risks crossing where there's no cross walk. JAYWALKER Now is that bad parenting No. She carelessly took the risks so you cannot blame the parent. Especially if for eg the child school is ASPS she could've come through from the Briarcliffe hall and took the risks just to cross the road to get to her mom's work which could be right there at the Customs or Immigration....that's not a parent's negligence ppl it's just an unfortunate matter that she will learn from. I've seen grown folks get knock down if they've done the same thing....if your a JAYWALKER you're walking at your.own risk.


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