UPDATE: Boy hit in Chadwell Heath fighting for life in hospital
A 13-year-old boy is fighting for his life in hospital after being hit by a car and suffering serious head injuries.
Bradley Trimmer was with his 12-year-old girlfriend when they were both struck by a grey Audi A4 along High Road, Chadwell Heath — near to the junction with Mill Lane — at around 4pm on Saturday.
Friends and family of the avid Arsenal fan, who is in year nine at Eastbrook Comprehensive School, have inundated a Facebook page set up by his aunty with touching comments and offers of help for the family.
Bradley, from Dagenham, was taken to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel as a priority where he remains in a coma to help reduce the swelling on his brain caused by the impact.
His girlfriend, who suffered minor injuries, was taken to Queen’s Hospital, Romford.
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Jazz Sahib, 42, owner of car parts shop Auto Star Elites close to where the accident took place, said: “There was a screech or a scream by the girl. I didn’t see the car moving, I just saw it at a standstill and saw them lying on the floor.
“It was quite an impact. I phoned the ambulance and the police but we weren’t allowed to move the boy.
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“He was unconscious at the time. The girl got off the floor and stood up, she was crying and people came out and put a chair down for her to sit down on. She said she was OK but they still took her away in the ambulance.
“They didn’t move the boy for a good 20 minutes and put a blanket cover over him so no-one could see what was happening.”
The driver of the vehicle, a 36-year-old man, stopped at the scene of the incident. No arrests have been made. Following the incident, High Road in Chadwell Heath was closed to traffic for around two-and-a-half hours.
Air ambulance staff attended the incident along with a single response unit, a motorbike responder, three ambulances and police. An air ambulance doctor escorted the boy to hospital.