Schoolgirl hit by car

Tolworth Girls pupil now recovering in Kingston Hospital.

The Tolworth Girls’ School pupil is thought to have broken her arm and leg after being struck by the car in Thornhill Road at about 6pm last night.

Thornhill Road residents had complained to Kingston Council the 20mph speed limit was being ignored and are now planning to start a petition to increase road safety.


The girl, named as Lauren O'Connor, is facing operations on her shoulder and arm after the incident on September 23 but she expects to go back to school part-time next week.

Mother Lisa O'Connor, who lives in nearby Sunningdale Close said, "The car's driver is in a bit of a state. It wasn't her fault. Lauren did walk out in front of the car. It is a busy road. There's a lot of schools with children running around and the only crossing is by School Lane. There's traffic islands but no crossings."


I used to live in Thornhill Road and recently drove or at least tried to drive down it again.It is now much more dangerous than when I lived there and we used to have a double decker bus use this route.

The absurd pillows and necks when combined with parking and the K series bus route makes it almost impassable.I cannot imagine how one could drive at more than 20mph,especially at 1800.Naturally i am sorry the girl was injured but feel even sorrier for the driver who probably simply could process all the road furniture and traffic information that one needs to these days.Almost all of it is introduced by planners who think it improves safety which is total nonsense.
The safest roads are those that are free of all obstructions,visually clear of traffic signs and contain no artificial bumps in the road.I feel very sorry for anyone living on Thornhill Road now who has to drive along it,no wonder i noticed a few bashed wing mirrors lying around.

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