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Boy home again after lucky escape in Sheerness crash

Harry Gregory is recovering at home after being hit by a car in Sheerness
Harry Gregory is recovering at home after being hit by a car in Sheerness

The dad of a child who was hit by a car says he is lucky his son is alive.

Four-year-old Harry Gregory was airlifted to hospital after the accident in Estuary Road, Sheerness, on Saturday, August 17.

He was visiting his aunt Lorraine O’Bray with dad Paul Gregory and mum Claire Walters when it is thought he ran out in front of the vehicle.

The youngster suffered a broken leg, fractured pelvis, fractured shoulder and numerous cuts, bruises and grazes.

He spent three nights in King’s College Hospital in London and another two in Tunbridge Wells Hospital before returning to home.

He has his leg in full plaster and his family is waiting to find out what will happen about him starting primary school next week.

Mr Gregory was visiting his uncle in nearby Railway Road at the time of the accident.

He rushed to the scene and saw his son in the middle of the road with blood coming from his mouth. They later found out it was because he had bitten his tongue.

The 41-year-old, of Thomson Close, Snodland, said there weren’t any witnesses, but they think it likely their son ran out into the road while playing.

A large van was parked nearby so he said the driver wouldn’t have had a chance of stopping if he ran out in front of that.

“We tell him not to cross the road but for whatever reason this time he thought he would,” said Mr Gregory.

“Accidents happen and we have got no one to blame. It’s not the driver’s fault, it could have been anyone and he shouldn’t have run out into the road.

“He’s on the mend and is going to be all right – we are just lucky he’s still with us.

“It could have been a lot worse. He has learnt the hard way and I don’t think he will do it again.

“There were a couple of guys who helped out in the road, comforting him and keeping him still, so I would like to say a big thank-you – we are very grateful to them and we are going to try and write to the driver to let her know he’s OK.”

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