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Boy Hit By Motorbike

Tuesday January 14 2014




AN 11-year-old boy was hit by a motorbike on Monday afternoon.

At 2.45pm, police received reports that the schoolboy had been involved in collision with a motorbike on Pitt Street, Wombwell.

He was transported to hospital with a suspected broken leg.


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Reply Posted by Danny on Tuesday January 14 2014 at 09:58
Not surprised down there that road is so tight, common sense not to put school there, same wi lake how long be4 kids fall in it, not be long!!

Reply Posted by Georgina Beeley on Tuesday January 14 2014 at 10:00
Its a accident been waiting to happen since the school opend!

Reply Posted by Kirsty on Tuesday January 14 2014 at 10:57
I hope the young lad is ok and recovers from what ever injury's he sustained

Reply Posted by lauren on Tuesday January 14 2014 at 11:22
Aww bless him. Hope you have a speedy recovery so you can get back out playing with your friends. Get well soon sweetie.

Reply Posted by Me on Tuesday January 14 2014 at 14:32
Its horrendous on that road at home time and 9 times out of 10 its the kids to blame not the drivers. To be safe you really have to drive at snails pace as some of the kids have no sense. Walk into road without looking, walk on road not caring about cars and push each other into road too. Hope he makes a quick recovery and it makes soime kids think twice after a lot of them witnessed the accident.

Reply Posted by anon on Tuesday January 14 2014 at 15:06
Blame the kids are you for real Jesus and you should be driving slow near a school simples

Reply Posted by Say on Tuesday January 14 2014 at 15:09
My child goes to Netherwood and picking her up at 2.30 is a nightmare with all the kids running across the road, on scooters and pushing each other. Im not surprised its happened. They should may be think about staggering finishing times like they've done with dinnertime, or have more adults around.

Reply Posted by me on Tuesday January 14 2014 at 15:27
I came past when the young lad was laid out on the floor. poor kid ope ez ok. cant understand building a school darn there. its a toss up which happens first. somebody got runover or somebody drownd in the pit pond. not a good lane for kids to be on, then ice cream man parks on it. crazy.

Reply Posted by lauren on Tuesday January 14 2014 at 16:26
Weres the parents in all this because my kids are not aloud to walk home by themselves and I literally live 5 mins away from there school I would never forgive myself if anything happened to them

Reply Posted by ME on Tuesday January 14 2014 at 18:19
@ Lauren, how can you blame the parents, these kids are 11 to 16 they don't want there parents walking them home, they would be laughed at. They can't be wrapped in cotton wool. Its one thing walking my 10 year old home but I can just imagine my 15 year old if I walked to pick her up. There is also a carpark at front of school that parents can use which is safer than Pitt Street. My daughter witnessed the accident and has given a statement along with some others to the police so I know what happened. Unfortunately while ever there are any careless kids along with some of the careless drivers this will happen again. I know people that drive on that road road like its a race track, having said that I've also seen numerous kids walking straight into rd or being pushed into the road by there friends for a laugh. As for the answer to stopping it happening again, I don't know what that is.

Reply Posted by sue on Tuesday January 14 2014 at 18:37
I see school kids everyday as they walk past my office. I'm afraid most have no road sense. When crossing over side streets off the main road none of them look behind them before they cross. I have had to shut my eyes many times, they don't seem to realise that cars turn into side roads from behind them. Its made me a more alert driver after watching the kids to be fair,but not driver realises. The worst are the kids on those little scooters. I no one day I,m going to be witness to an accident. I have noticed too that little children are allowed to run ahead of mum, being told to wait at the kerb,but,some don't. Many mums are texting and not watching their kids. Honestly,I see it everyday and I see not one mum explaining road safety. Madness.
I hope the little lad is OK,and sadly I hope lessons will be learned. Though I'm not commenting about this little guy, I don't know the ins and outs
. How do you go about teaching parents to teach their children road safety?

Reply Posted by lauren on Tuesday January 14 2014 at 18:38
I did not blame any one I simply asked were the parents are in all of this and if your ten year would be ok you walking home with her am sure your daughter at eleven year old wouldn't mind neither as it only a year's different and if that road is so dangerous then yes as a parent I would be there to pick my kids up not everyone has the same opinion as I do but that just me I would rather wrap my child up in cotton wool rather than see them in a plaster cast and worse in a wooden box rather be over protective than not giving a shit at all

Reply Posted by lauren on Tuesday January 14 2014 at 19:16
Plus it's a parent responsibility to learn there child how to cross the road properly if not then they should be escorted to school safely

Reply Posted by sue on Tuesday January 14 2014 at 20:01
Yes we know Lauren, but I see it everyday. They don't! I've been here 25 years and I can truly say I have never seen one parent teaching their kids road safety. I kid you not. I'm talking reception class ages here too. Never seen a toddler with reigns either. The kids grow up never been taught road safety.
Suppose all I can say is, Drivers be extremely cautious especially at school times.

Reply Posted by lauren on Tuesday January 14 2014 at 20:13
All I can say to that is get some sort of petition up and rinning to get that road safe for the sake of them kiddies I don't live in that area but I am a teaching assistant and I care for all children in all schools even though I don't know them or even work with these kids but they need protecting also blaming kids and their parents but also the drivers as the are the ones who are in control of there vehicles and know there is a school in that area aswell as they know kids cross the road something needs to be sorted and fast before

Reply Posted by sue on Tuesday January 14 2014 at 20:26
Lauren,ask the kids you teach if they are shown road sense by their mums. Bring back the green cross road man!
I see it all and trust me, its bad.

Reply Posted by pat on Tuesday January 14 2014 at 21:10
I am on that road to school every morning and see the behaviour if SOME of the kids doing stunts on scooter,walking out in front of cars,pushing each other in front of cars but what is even worse is complete disregards by parent in cars about where to stop when dropping kids off,they use bus stop then pull out again with no indicators often in front of other cars so before blame is cast maybe letters to all kids n parents regarding safety should be sent out

Reply Posted by sue on Tuesday January 14 2014 at 21:30
Yes I agree pat 100%,the problem is, the parents do know this,but many just choose to ignore it. Some of them would drive their cars into the classroom if they could,they can't be arsed to walk!
A letter won't change a thing.

Reply Posted by lauren on Tuesday January 14 2014 at 21:13
We teach road safety all the time at the school I work at as we have churches in our local area so we walk the children to the churches for various activities and we also take the children on nature walks to see various wildlife we have in our local areas as we walk we teach and the children can see how things are done properly crossing the road etc there's many way to teach children road safety but it starts at home aswell as making them learn more about it at school we encourage the parents to inspire their children about lots of various activities including road safety if you see this all the time then get together with your local community and try to make a difference to the road and make it a safer place for the sake of them kiddies

Reply Posted by sue on Tuesday January 14 2014 at 21:33
That's great Lauren,your school sounds good!
Its almost impossible to make a difference to the road though,its the main wakey road.
The problems I see at work truly are the kids and parents I'm afraid.

Reply Posted by ME on Tuesday January 14 2014 at 21:26
@ Lauren you talk a lot of sense in a lot of what you post but believe me when you have secondry school kids they want to come home with friends not mum. I don't even need to imagine the teasing they would get if mum walked to pick them up, it happened to my daughters friend and her life was made miserable. You have to accept as your kids grow up you have to let them have fsome freedom even if it means you as a mum has to sit at home nervous while there out. There has to be a balance between wrapping them in cotton wool and giving them too much freedom. Unfortunately we can't watch our kids 24\7 and neither would they want to be watched.

Reply Posted by ME on Tuesday January 14 2014 at 21:30
@ Lauren in regards to road safety I know that most off the feeder schools to Netherwood have done road saftey programmes including Kerb craft as I was a volunteer helping. However much as you can teach the kids it doesn't mean they will listen and remeber when out on there own. As I said before there's faults with both some kids and some drivers, I don't know the answer.

Reply Posted by sue on Tuesday January 14 2014 at 21:38
Many parents are letting it slip then. Shame because I see no signs of kids using road safety. What a pity.

Reply Posted by Bed on Tuesday January 14 2014 at 21:38
Get the kids to walk home.stop pussy footing lazy laxy kids

Reply Posted by sue on Tuesday January 14 2014 at 21:47
The kids I'm on about @Bed, are walking. That's the problem,they shove each other around, and chase each other as kids do. The don't concentrate on the road,and many actually just cross enmass without even looking. Its scary to watch.

Reply Posted by lauren on Tuesday January 14 2014 at 21:38
@ME fair enough about the point of being embarrassed over mum picking them up @Sue keeps saying she see this all the time kids acting about so like I say as a community pull together and make that road a safer place and I work in a primary school not secondary school and to be totally honest with I forgot these kids were older than the little ones we teach but parents, teachers and other in your community need to pull together and as a network I am sure you will be able to help sort this road out

Reply Posted by lauren on Tuesday January 14 2014 at 21:43
Think I might go to this school and see if I can help to get something sorted

Reply Posted by anon on Tuesday January 14 2014 at 21:54
Many kids from ShaftonALC walk from there right up through Cudworth. That's a long road for the community to control,plus even tho the bypass is there,its still busy.

Reply Posted by Kfc on Tuesday January 14 2014 at 21:54
Lauren aged 25 plus there's a great scope for you in Volunteer Work. Your life is brilliant and you have so much to offer and you have already said a supporting partner.

The Citizens Advice Centre would welcome people like you it opens so many Doors for you. You can continue doing our child care.

Reply Posted by lauren on Tuesday January 14 2014 at 23:46
I'm lost for words @kfc your comment are so encouraging thank you very much I have started at the bottom but I will definitely climb the ladder of success one day I will hopefully have my own child care centre that's my goal and I hopefully will achieve it.

Reply Posted by jock strap on Tuesday January 14 2014 at 23:55
@ lauren -- just remember your fruit salad and you will go far.lol

Reply Posted by lauren on Wednesday January 15 2014 at 00:03
@jock strap lmao thank you very much

Reply Posted by kevin evans on Wednesday January 15 2014 at 04:33
all these bloody coments and all saying hope kid is ok what about the poor bike rider anyone asked how they are? dont think so . kids who push each other into the rd may well only stop doing it when they witness one of there mates getting flattened n killed . kids at this age want to be tret like adults so behave like us then . jeezzzzz it aint hard.

Reply Posted by king louis on Wednesday January 15 2014 at 09:32
that road is a 30 mph and some drivers think it is a 60mph road

Reply Posted by Caroline on Wednesday January 15 2014 at 09:43
Grow up the lot of u, it could have happened anywhere they r kids! Get well soon to the boy and take no notice of this lot of insensitive twirps!

Reply Posted by lauren on Wednesday January 15 2014 at 21:34
Does any one know how the little boy is doing?

Reply Posted by mrx on Friday January 17 2014 at 22:24
what about the motor biker how are they

Reply Posted by A mum on Friday January 17 2014 at 22:35
Right I'm the first to hold my hands up here and say I haven't read all the comments on this post. Basically because I got to the one where Lauren was asking where was the parents in all this, parental responsibility etc and kind of saw red and lost interest in the following posts. As it happens I'm presuming this child's parents also agree their child is too young to walk home as they was there when it happened!! They was sat in the car waiting for him like a lot of other parents do. It's when he's crossed the road to his parents car the accidents happened! Can you imagine seeing that happen to your own child?! I don't personally know this child or his parents, and I have no idea how devastating it is to watch it happen. I do however have a child in the same year. I know how absolutely gutted I would be if I'd have seen that happen to my child, and how the last thing I'd want to read after is people judging me as a parent. I also know how bad that road is at school times. Not necessarily just with people speeding, but also with parked cars, kids in the road and a whole load of congestion right down to the end of Pitt Street going onto the bottom of Snape Hill. Maybe the council should be looking at a crossing for the kids to use as 90% coming out the back of the school will be going into Darfield village and therefor need to cross the road at some point. This accident has nothing to do with "where were the parents". It's also nothing to do with age, as it could have been any of the kids round there. They have to cross this road behind and infront of cars. This is no fault of parents at all. It could have happened if he was walking home alone or as it did crossing to his car.

Reply Posted by lauren on Friday January 17 2014 at 23:21
If you read all the comments you will see i was simply asking a question 'were are the parents in all this' and yes I did mention parent 'responsibilities' and I also mentioned about getting all schools road awareness groups to visit these schools as I work in a school and feel it is very important for these kids to become aware of how dangerous roads really are I did not mean to offend anyone and I certainly did not blame anyone for this tragic accident happening so please don't put words in my mouth I have not been able to contact these schools as I have had a few personal issues to deal with but when I return to work on Monday I will be trying my hardest to do something about road awareness there was no need to get mad as I have not blamed anyone accidents do happen

Reply Posted by Paul on Friday January 17 2014 at 23:25
Its the same with Church St. and Royston Lane near Carlton Community College if i;m driving home from work near school finishing time i make a point of driving out of my way to avoid kids who cross road at snails pace whistle staring you down all the while. They push and shove each other onto the road and the walk in the middle of it. When I was at school which wasn't all that long ago we were taught when, how and where to cross the road. They aren't just playing chicken with their own lives but with the drivers of the cars and their families as well. and I am well aware that its down to the drivers as well I just wanted to share my oppinion.

Reply Posted by anon on Friday January 17 2014 at 23:30
I've seen the same on many occasions Paul at Shafton School. Its difficult,especially if there's a cars behind you. Some of the older kids are nob heads.

Reply Posted by Almond on Saturday January 18 2014 at 00:03
Kids are awful these days. Some of them get what they deserve.

Reply Posted by A mum on Saturday January 18 2014 at 00:24
But what relevance is it Lauren where the parents are?! Whether the parents were there or not it wouldn't have stopped it from happening. It's nothing to do with the parents being there or not. It's to do with the amount of cars parked on the street, the fact there is no crossing, and other issues around this road. I have an 11yo boy and it's a hard act to balance giving him the responsibility of walking home with friends or picking him up everyday. When do we let them go?! When do we let our kids have more responsibilies?! There's no hard and fast rule and no handbook! But surely at high school age is the start of giving them that. I just really failed to see the relevance of you asking where was mum because YOU would have made sure you was there with your child. It wasn't only me who took it as you was blaming, I did read the other comments. I also read where it says it's the parents responsibility to teach our children road safety. Yes it is. And I should imagine a mum who takes her time to go pick her child up will have done that. Like we all do. Road safety doesn't start at 10 or 11. It starts as toddlers when we're crossing the road with them and making them look both ways. It's an ongoing process through years, and I imagine any parent who puts theirself out by simply waiting for their child after school will have done this. It's all totally irrelevant points that do look like you're blaming. Whether that's the intent or not. My heart genuinely goes out to this boy and not only to the kids who witnessed it, but to his own mum who sat and watched. How horrific!

And Almond. Seriously have a word with yourself. This is an 11yo child who's been run over! Please explain how that could be deserved??

Reply Posted by NCS on Saturday January 18 2014 at 13:25
I'm sorry if I misunderstood you @AMUM but you said the parents sat in their car, watching as their son attempted to cross, what they were aware of as being, a dangerous road? Maybe they should have got out of their car to supervise the crossing of the road by their son. And by that I dont mean hold his hand, I mean check the flow of traffic, give a signal to the lad that it was safe to cross.

Reply Posted by lauren on Saturday January 18 2014 at 18:01
Maybe it could have been stopped, maybe it would have happened wether the mother helped the child across the road. What's done is done im afraid this has tragically been happening too much across Barnsley but I am trying to get help for these children to learn more about road safety. I don't even live or work in that area but still I'm trying to help parents and children. Least I am trying to do something positive for their children aswell as many other schools in Barnsley.

Reply Posted by A mum on Monday January 20 2014 at 12:07
The road isn't really known as a dangerous road. It's a back road between Darfield and wombwell. That now happens to have a school that backs onto it. The problem with this road is the congestion of cars waiting for school children teamed with the fact there is no crossing facility. There isn't even a lollipop lady! When I've sat there waiting, in all honesty I don't see problems with speeding. Cars and bikes seem to take extra caution with the exception of a few. Mind if they didn't, with the queues to get out of the end of the street they would only crash. They have no option. Again it goes back to when do we as parents give our children that bit of freedom or responsibility? This isn't a one off is it? A child getting run over. It happens while they're out playing, so do we stop that? It happens going to the shop, do we stop that too? It happens often, and not only to children. Plenty of adults too, so do they need someone holding their hand across the road or telling them when to cross too? I know if I got out the car and ushered my 11 year old son across the road he'd be mortified especially as they all come out of school with their friends. I would have been devastated if at 11 my mum was stood waiting for me to cross the road. Truth is is at 11 I was just left to walk home. I had plenty of roads to cross. Doesn't make my parents bad parents though. It just meant my parents put their trust in me not to act about and go straight home. And this was in a time without mobile phones. Life was a lot more dangerous then than it is now. We can't wrap our children up in cotton wool forever. We have to teach them to grow and give them independence. And let's face it it's not like she was trusting him to walk from Darfield to wombwell in the dark. He was simply crossing the road to his car. It literally could have happened to anyone. Adult or child.

Reply Posted by maria on Wednesday January 22 2014 at 12:10
@Lauren it's the police and ambulance crews that need to be going into schools to speak to the kids about road safety, armed with stories of accidents that have happened because of people not crossing roads safely (s scare them into using the green cross code) I don't believe for a minute that they don't know how to cross a road safely common sense goes through the window when kids reach 11,it's more important to catch up with their friends or to mess about in order to amuse their friends. Let them hear stories of what can happen and see pictures of what happens when they mess about near roads, make them think twice, if

Reply Posted by me on Wednesday January 22 2014 at 12:50
why do people always blame parents and kids what about the drivers if they stook to speed limits things my be different i live on hough lane and they dont stick to speed limit they fly up and down