By Ian Dipple Friday 06 September 2013 Updated: 06/09 08:50
A GIRL was injured by a car while crossing the road in Alcester.
The 11-year-old girl was using the pedestrian crossing on Kinwarton Road near St Benedict’s Catholic High School about 4pm when a car, believed to be a light blue Vauxhall Corsa or a similar vehicle, ran over her foot.
The driver did not stop at the scene and police believe it is possible they were not aware of what had happened.
A number of passers-by stopped to help the girl while West Midlands Ambulance Service sent a rapid response car and an ambulance. The girl was taken to the Alexandra Hospital with a suspected ankle injury.
PC Nevil Cox said he had spoken to a number of witnesses but was eager to hear from anyone else who had information and particularly from the driver of the car.
But questions have been raised about why it took police about an hour to get to the incident and the officer who responded had to come from Leamington.
Coun Susan Juned, who represents Alcester on Stratford District Council, arrived on the scene shortly after it happened and when she returned about 5pm police she was told they had only just arrived. She told an Alcester Town Council meeting on Tuesday (September 3) they may want to express their displeasure at the police response time.
“It’s a bit disappointing it took so long for them to arrive and they had to come all the way up from Leamington but they were very helpful when they did get there from what I understand from people,” she said.
A spokeswoman for Warwickshire Police said the incident was classed as a priority - one down from the highest level of an emergency - which meant they aimed to respond as soon as possible but usually within 60 minutes.
She added officers on the way to the scene came across a broken down vehicle which was in a dangerous position and causing problems for other motorists so they stopped to deal with it, but still arrived at the Alcester incident within the hour target time.
Anyone with any information about the incident should contact Warwickshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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