'A big thank you’ from parents of Blue School student hit and run victim
THE parents of a Blue School student involved in a suspected hit and run crash on Thursday have given thanks to those who helped her at the scene, and to all her Facebook well-wishers.
Sixteen-year-old Rosie Clothier suffered serious facial injuries in the crash along New Street, and is currently undergoing treatment at Bristol Royal Infirmary. She had a first operation on her lower jaw on Saturday and is awaiting further surgery on her upper jaw. Despite the severity of the injuries, she is up and about and being boosted by all her well-wishers.
Dad Tim Clothier told the Journal Rosie was “doing OK” despite losing a lot of teeth and suffering facial bruising. He added: “We had a call from the school and my wife Kate was with me so she got to speak to Rosie before she got taken off in the helicopter. We had a police escort to the hospital and we were just in panic really. Rosie’s brother is 13 and he’s in shock about what happened.”
Mr Clothier said he was even more wary about children walking near the road outside of school since the incident but that at this stage he wasn’t even thinking about the driver of the car – just thinking about Rosie.
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“I’d just really like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped her and for all the lovely messages of support she’s had on Facebook. It’s given her such a boost in hospital.”
Passers-by rushed to Rosie’s aid in the wake of the crash, with one resident of New Street, Natalie Paddick, directing traffic away from the scene. She said: “My 11-year-old son literally walked in the door five minutes prior to the crash and Rosie was hit right outside our front door. I’m just so pleased she’s OK.”
Natalie has reported the dangers of the road to Somerset Highways on numerous occasions but said they seemed very “laissez-faire” about it all. She now hopes to campaign for some road calming measures.
Get well messages posted on Rosie’s Facebook page include: “Hope you get well soon textiles buddy!” and “Hope you get well soon, thinking of you, Rosie xxx”, also “Very pleased Rosie is making progress. We need to pressure the council until a crossing is put there.”
A spokeswoman for The Blue School said: “Our heartfelt thanks go to the staff of the Northam House Dental Practice and Wells Cathedral School, as well, of course, to the ambulance, police and air ambulance services for their prompt assistance at the scene.
“Our thoughts and best wishes are with our student and her family as she begins her recovery from this terrible accident.”
Since the crash, momentum is building to campaign for greater road safety along New Street and The Liberty.
A 45-year-old woman was arrested in Wells on Thursday on suspicion of drink-driving, failing to stop and dangerous driving.
Currently she is on police bail.