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Boy In Wheelchair For Christmas After Being Hit By Car

Monday December 23 2013

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.

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Reply Posted by Sharon on Monday December 23 2013 at 10:22
Firstly, thank god the little en is alive, and secondly why was a boy of such young age allowed to play on a busy street such has racecommon road, no child of that age has much road sense, which includes my daughter, which is why she is not allowed to go out of garden without a responsible person, i can sit and talk about road safety til i'm blue in the face, but i know once she's out with her friends, laughing and playing, everything i have taught her will be forgotten.......... even when sticking to the speed limits a child can suffer fatal injuries, so by running into such a busy road like racecommon road, he was very lucky........... sorry community, but the blame should be pointed into the Direction of the Parents for letting the little lad play near a main road in the first place

Reply Posted by Erm on Monday December 23 2013 at 11:07
Did you not read the article. Clearly says his mum saw the incident as he was crossed the road to pick up his water bottle.
Not out playing with friends you awful woman.

Reply Posted by Miss.N on Monday December 23 2013 at 11:23
Erm he was out playing, it clearly states that in the article.

Blame on both sides here really; driver for speeding and parent for letting child play on a busy road.

All the best for his recovery.

Reply Posted by Sarah on Monday December 23 2013 at 11:26
It does say he was out playing !

Reply Posted by Collet on Monday December 23 2013 at 11:33
Does it matter if he was out playing or not,the fact is if the motorist had been driving at the permitted speed the accident would not have happend, or he wouldn't have received such bad injuries

Reply Posted by Angela Pollard on Monday December 23 2013 at 11:59
This could have been ANYONE crossing the road - an elderly relative of yours, NOT out playing! A mother with a pram - NOT out playing. The issue is the SPEED the driver was travelling at.

Reply Posted by READ IT PROPERLY MORONS! on Monday December 23 2013 at 12:09
Where does it say driver was speeding? I believe it mentions a speeding incident FROM LAST YEAR! Its just another misleading wab post leading to yet more griping.

Reply Posted by josh on Monday December 23 2013 at 12:19
It doesn't say anywhere in the article that the driver involved in this incident was speeding. Speeding was involved in last years incident. It could be the driver was travelling at a safe speed and didn't have time to react safely to the situation. Speedy recovery to the young lad injured.

Shame the council can't unearth any funds to implement safety measures on the racecommon road rather than spending 2 million on traffic lights at dodworth roundabout.

Reply Posted by Hoyland Red on Monday December 23 2013 at 12:30
Josh, Barnsley Council aren't spending 2 million on traffic lights at jct 37 - it's the Highways Agency - different organisation, different spending budget. The Highways Agency look after the motorways and trunk roads.

Reply Posted by Hoyland Red on Monday December 23 2013 at 12:26
South Yorkshire Police will gather the evidence and come to a conclusion as to what happened. Why people make sweeping statements about what they think they know is beyond me. If the driver was speeding - which the article does not say happened, then they may be prosecuted. If it's the childs fault and sometimes the pedestrian is at fault, then the driver has been extremely unlucky (as incidents like this can live with you forever) but hopefully the child will fully recover. I seem to recall several months ago with the two lads that died in Shafton that many posts on here were fully supportive of them and what good kids they were. Unfortunately, drink and drugs have been found to be the main cause behind the accident - If they (the driver was never fully established) had killed an innocent bystander would everyone still have been supportive? Let the authorities do what they have to do and then offer an opinion based on fact.

Reply Posted by lauren on Monday December 23 2013 at 12:41
Well tbh that numpty should not av been on road as he is obv a idiot who can't control his need for speed been done before should be banned for life n show ur support to the lad he's Guna av a vrimbo in a wheelchair i hope u have a great Christmas n a speedy recovery formed year

Reply Posted by lauren on Monday December 23 2013 at 12:43
N don't u think the mother ov this child is goin thro enough wi out ur lot pointin finger at her n blamin her n daft get wasn't speedin he might av been able to slow down instead hittin poor lad

Reply Posted by Kilkenny on Monday December 23 2013 at 12:46
lauren@ what the bloody heck you on about? the driver was not speeding.it was a tragic accident..you are a fool.

Reply Posted by lauren on Monday December 23 2013 at 12:52
Get to flippin specsavers u Munter it's says he was travelling at Upto 50 mph in a 30mph in the last accident he was jailed for so it quiet obv he been speedin again fool

Reply Posted by Kilkenny on Monday December 23 2013 at 12:56
Read the post Lauren@ That was a separate incident when that happened..DEC 2012. you fool

Reply Posted by Controversial but true. on Monday December 23 2013 at 13:23
If the driver had been doing 100mph he would have covered a greater distance and passed the point in which the child ran into the road..... accident avoided.

Reply Posted by Dawn on Monday December 23 2013 at 13:40
It does not say the driver was speeding in the incident regarding the little boy. It says he ran across for his bottle and back. It sounds like no blame is to be had that road is terrible and a tragic accident has happened yet again on it and as a taxi driver I believe more safety features on that road is needed. It constantly has parked cars either side with traffic flowing both ways. Glad the boys recovering but for god sake Barnsley Council do something about Race Common Road before it is too late. The next person may not survive.

Reply Posted by lauren on Monday December 23 2013 at 13:47
Oh my days read before commenting Jesus christ

Reply Posted by Kilkenny on Monday December 23 2013 at 13:52
Lauren@ You need to read the post first. because you write a lot of $hit and your grammar is diabolical!

Reply Posted by lauren on Monday December 23 2013 at 14:34
N u need to go to my first comment were I stated the simple fact he's got done for speedin before so maybe he wa speedin again either way he should av been able to drive then this would av never happened n u can't say shit bout talkin shit seen ur comments all through out wan n some ov what u say is absolutely disgusting so do one back to London

Reply Posted by Bob on Monday December 23 2013 at 15:38
The person speeding at 50mph wasn't the same person who hit the kid. This is just a tragic accident. Read the article again....properly, and go take some English classes.

Reply Posted by To lauren on Monday December 23 2013 at 15:44
Here here Bob - To busy spouting off instead of reading the article correctly..All gob that Lauren. needs to go back to school.My 3 yr old can write better..

Reply Posted by Jon on Monday December 23 2013 at 17:57
FFS Lauren how many times do u need to be told you're wrong before you get it? Jesus

Reply Posted by debbie on Tuesday December 24 2013 at 09:16
Poor little lv hope he gets well soon and is home for christmas with his family x

Reply Posted by L on Tuesday December 24 2013 at 09:24
Any excuse for a bitch on here ! How's about think about a poor little boy who was in an horrific ACCIDENT, a poor mum who nearly lost her little boy and a poor driver who may or may not have been speeding (for those not reading it correctly the speeding driver was last years incident) who has to live with hitting a child for the rest of his/her life ! Especially at this time of the year none of them can enjoy it like they should. Why can't we all just be thankful nobody was killed and remember it was just an accident. Get well soon little man x

Reply Posted by HAYLEY on Tuesday December 24 2013 at 09:24
I actually know Reece and his mum n he's a very active boy always running around. He wouldn't have thought at all to look! It was a tragic accident you narrow minded little bitch! Sure some people come on here to just have a moan about stuff. Wouldn't like it if it was your child would you? Now piss off back up your own arse!!!!!!!!

Reply Posted by Hdhfh@sjs.com on Tuesday December 24 2013 at 09:42
To be fair Hayley I too have a very active child with no road sense..which is why I don't let him play out near main roads. Lesson learned for all involved hopefully.

Reply Posted by Sharon on Wednesday December 25 2013 at 14:31
if you have an overactive child, more reason to keep a close eye on him and not let him out near a busy main road on his own for crying out loud he's a young child, the Driver of the car was not speeding either....... Fact, has all you critic's will soon read when the police report comes out !!!!!, then lets see how many people jump to conclusions about the driver speeding

Reply Posted by lauren on Wednesday January 1 2014 at 15:28
Well either way that lad should have not been no we're near a road to get a water bottle or what ever it's was don't care weather av Mis read a few things either way he should av not been near the road especially with no road awareness