Child aged 6 knocked down in Cookstown

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A Cookstown mother has issued a heartfelt plea to motorists using the Morgan’s Hill Road to “please slow down”.

The woman, who did not wish to be named, made the appeal after her six-year-old son was hit by a car while crossing at the Pelican crossing on his way to catch the school bus.

The young boy was on his way to school on Tuesday morning, with his two brothers when he crossed the road “when the green man appeared” and was hit by a car.

“Thankfully he wasn’t seriously hurt or even worse, but he has a very sore knee and is very shaken up about it.

“I am appealing to motorists to please, please slow down before someone is seriously injured or killed.

“My heart sunk when I got the phone call to say my son was hit by a car, thankfully he is OK but it could have been worse,” she said.

Visably distressed by the ordeal, the woman is urging the relevant authorities to do something to slow cars down on the Morgan’s Hill road and make them adhere to the speed limit,

“Something needs to be done, there needs to be ramps and lights need to be visible.

There have been more near misses. Does it have to take someone to be killed or seriously injured for someone to do something about this?” she added.

“The poor wee thing is still in shock, he just keeps saying to me “Mummy I didn’t see the car coming and I tried to run out of the way.’ The good thing was we think that his school bag helped to protect his back when he was hit.”

The young boys grandmother added: “I myself have had more near misses when I have been out with my grandchildren. Cars fly on that road and it is such a built up