Bike smash boy is ‘lucky to be alive’

Liverpool Avenue, Wheatley, where Reece Wrafter was knocked down by a car.
Liverpool Avenue, Wheatley, where Reece Wrafter was knocked down by a car.

A mother is calling for new road safety measures to be put in place after her son was in collision with a car while out on his bike.

Reece Wrafter was in surgery for nearly four hours, and may need further plastic surgery, after sustaining serious leg lacerations on Sunday.

The 10-year-old, from Lincoln Road, Wheatley, was riding through an alleyway on to Liverpool Avenue when he collided with the car.

His mum, Rebecca Roberts, aged 31, said: “Something should be done – there’s a big hedge and fence at the end of the alleyway blocking the view of the road, so it does make it difficult to see.

“Reece is in a lot of pain but he’s lucky to be alive.

“When I heard he had been knocked off his bike I ran out and thought it’d be just a scrape, but when I saw the smashed car windscreen and his mangled bike and saw him lying in the road I was in shock - it’s every parent’s worst nightmare.

“The pedal of the bike went through his leg and the doctors say he may need plastic surgery and physio.”

Reece, who attends Our Lady Mount Carmel Catholic Primary, is currently in Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

Police are still appealing for witnesses to come forward after the collision which happened around noon on Sunday.

The crash involved a blue Mazda car travelling from the direction of Beckett Road along Liverpool Avenue. The driver, a 49-year-old local woman, was not injured.

Witnesses can call police on 101 quoting incident 525 of July 7.