A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD boy will be in a wheelchair for weeks after being hit by a car on a Barnsley road branded 'Silverstone' by concerned locals.

Reece Leo Parkinson-Cole had to be airlifted to hospital with serious injuries to his head and a broken right leg after being hit on the notorious Racecommon Road.

On December 12 last year Neil Wilcock, 52, was struck by a driver racing at speeds of up to 50mph on the 30mph residential estate. He now needs 24-hour care.

Just several weeks ago Scott McManis was jailed for 34 months after Sheffield Crown Court heard he had been racing his father's car when he struck Mr Wilcock.

Reece, who plays football for Wombwell Junior Football Club, is now recovering. His mum, Jamie Parkinson, had been staying at her brother's house on Racecommon Road when her son was hit.

Jamie, 25, said: "Reece was playing and crossed the road to pick his water bottle up. He was coming back over when it happened.

"When I saw him laid there I thought he was gone.

"I'll never forget it. The left side of his head was a mess and his leg wasn't where it should have been.

"He'll have pins in this legs for nine to 12 months."

Jamie's birthday is on Christmas Day and she has one wish - for Reece to be back home from Sheffield Children's Hospital.

The latest incident on the infamous road has prompted locals to act. You can read about that by clicking here.

If you witnessed Reece's accident, you're urged to call the police on 101 quoting incident number 624 of December 14.