Child hit by van - police call for witnesses

A child has been hit by a van in Loddiswell as local residents call for an official pedestrian crossing. 

Devon and Cornwall Police

UPDATE: Kingsbridge Police named the child involved as nine-year-old Riley Bordas. A spokesperson for the police said: "His parents have allowed us to tell you that he had four hours of surgery today and is doing well. He has to stay in hospital for a while and has a really nasty broken leg but hopefully no long term issues. We wish him all the best."

Police were called at 4.10pm to South Brent Road, Loddiswell, close to the junction of Beechwood Park, where a child had been hit by a van. The driver was at the scene when police arrived and has been helping  with their investigation. 

Police said: "The nine-year-old boy has been taken to Derriford Hospital with serious, but not life threatening injuries". It is thought he suffered a compound fracture to his leg that will require surgery. 

Devon Air Ambulance was called but was "otherwise engaged" so a BASICS Doctor attended to support the paramedics on scene. 

If anybody witnessed the incident or has any information, please contact the police by emailing 10900@dc.police.uk. 

We have contacted Devon County Council about the possibility of a pedestrian crossing in the area. We will update when we receive a reply. 

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