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Lollipop man hit by car outside Archbishop's School in St Stephen's Hill, Canterbury

01 July 2014
by Lowri Stafford

A lollipop man was hit by a car while guiding children across the road during this morning's school-run.

The man was knocked over outside Archbishop's School in St Stephen's Hill, Canterbury at about 8.20am.

It is the same road student Bihari Payagala was hit by a car and killed in 2012.

A police car at the school

A police car at the school

Last month, a coroner ruled her death was an accident and refused to recommend a pedestrian crossing should be installed, despite pleas from Bihari's devastated family.

Head teacher of Archbishop's, Michael Liddicoat, said the lollipop man was hit by an impatient driver who edged forward.

He said: "He is all right. He wasn't hit at any speed, but he's been taken to hospital to be checked over.

The scene of the crash which killed Bihari Payagala in 2012

The scene of the crash which killed Bihari Payagala in 2012

"The driver wasn't hurtling down the hill or anything. The car had stopped to allow the students to cross, but the driver got a little impatient and edged forward. 

"The lollipop man fell over. He has a graze on his hand, but no serious injuries."

Mr Liddicoat said he hoped the accident would encourage drivers to take extra care on the busy road, especially in light of Miss Payagala's death.

Police spokesman Keith Fairbank said: "Kent Police was called to a road traffic collision in St Stephen's Hill at 8:22am, involving a car and a man on foot.

"The road was not blocked, the man suffered only minor injuries and the driver of the car had stopped at the scene. Officers are continuing to make enquiries."


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