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'It was too late to grab him back' - Mother describes terrifying moment son was struck by car

PUBLISHED: 14:34 08 December 2017 | UPDATED: 10:11 09 December 2017

Jaylen Barrett, 3, suffered cuts and swelling after he was hit by a car travelling at 20mph. Picture: Tasha Raven

Jaylen Barrett, 3, suffered cuts and swelling after he was hit by a car travelling at 20mph. Picture: Tasha Raven

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The mother of a young boy who was hit by a car has thanked the paramedics and members of the public who came forward to help her son moments after he was knocked down in the road.

Tasha Raven said the terrifying moment happened on Thursday afternoon when she and her three-year-old son, Jaylen Barrett, were about to cross Swaffham Road, near the junction with Sandy Lane, in Dereham.

“Jaylen was stood next to me holding on to the pushchair. He pressed the button to change the traffic lights to stop the traffic and he normally will wait for the green man to show and for my go-ahead to say he can cross.

“I looked over my shoulder to make sure my other two children were following, next thing I saw he was running out on the road and it was too late too grab him back.”

As Jaylen stepped into the road he was struck by a car travelling at around 20mph.

At the same time Dereham resident Dionne Smith was walking along Sandy Lane.

She said: “I heard a loud thump.

“My friend dropped all of his things and ran over to what I then saw was a small boy on the ground at least five meters from where the car had stopped.

“He was screaming as his mother and everyone around rushed to his aid. The lady in the car got straight out and approached the boy and his mother.

“There was also, thankfully a nurse there who stayed with the mother and the child. It was horrific.”

Paramedics from Norfolk Accident Rescue Service (NARS) were the first to arrive on the scene and they cared for Jaylen until ambulances arrived to take him to Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Miss Raven said she is counting her lucky stars that he suffered only minor wounds in the accident and he is now home getting back to his normal self.

She described his injuries as mainly cuts to the face and swelling.

“I’d like to thank the paramedics for their great service and the members of the public who came too check if they could help and offer support,” she continued.

“I also want to say thank you to everyone who has wished us well and for my little boy to have a speedy recovery.”

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