MP Calls For Investigation Into Bus Shelter

Following accident in which teenage boy seriously injured

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Accident Victim Is Chiswick School Student

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Local MP Mary Macleod has asked Transport for London (TfL) to investigate the safety of the bus shelter near Chiswick School where a 15-year old student was seriously injured earlier this week.

Christopher Pritchard remains in a medically induced coma at Great Ormond Street Hospital after being injured by a lorry as he waited for his bus home.

The MP for Brentford and Isleworth said she had contacted the transport company today (October 11) to ask them to check whether the bus-stop should be moved away from the road.

The school has also demanded that the relevant authorities investigate the safety issues around nearby bus-stops along the A316 where scores of its students wait for buses every afternoon.

A 47-year old man has been bailed to appear at a west London police station on November 26 th in connection with the accident .

The collision happened around 4.10 on Tuesday as Christopher and his friend were waiting at the bus-stop on the main road near the school. He received serious head injuries after being hit by the rear wing mirror of the lorry, which failed to stop at the scene.

His mother has used a social media site to thank all those who assisted in helping to trace the driver, after the police issued an appeal for witnesses.

Christopher remains in a medically induced coma at Great Ormond Street hospital. It is understood doctors will try to bring him round from the coma tomorrow if his condition improves.

Mary Macleod said today;

“My thoughts are with Christopher Pritchard’s family and friends at this difficult time. This was a tragic incident and I hope that Christopher can make a full and quick recovery from his serious injuries. I have today contacted Transport for London to ask them to investigate the safety of this bus shelter, to determine whether it should be moved away from the road. It is important that we determine the cause of this incident very quickly and put in place safety measures to prevent any recurrence.”

A spokesman for Transport for London ( TfL) said a routine investigation would be carried out at that particular bus-stop to determine if any action was needed.

A 47-year old man was arrested on Wednesday (10 October) in East Sheen, on suspicion of failing to stop at the scene of a collision. He was taken to a police station in West London, and has been released on bail. He is due to return to the police station on November 26.

The police said the arrest had been made as a direct result of media appeals.

Any witnesses or anyone with any information should call police on 020 8941 9011. To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


October 11, 2012