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Two child pedestrians injured

Police are warning drivers to keep an eye out for pedestrians after two young people were injured in separate collisions.

A van struck a 12-year-old Sandys boy on Somerset Road at around 4pm on Monday and an eight-year-old girl was hit by a car on St David's Road around 8am yesterday.

Both young people were taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital by ambulance for treatment; their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

A police spokesman said: “Road users are advised to be more aware in the vicinity of schools and buses that are stopped on the roads after recent pedestrian-related collisions resulting in injury.

“There are a myriad of reasons for these incidents including driver inattention and pedestrians failing to look before crossing the road. However, the public is reminded that both pedestrians and motorists are responsible for using our roads safely.”

Pedestrians should always take note of their surroundings while preparing to cross the road, even when at a pedestrian crossing, he said.

“If at a pedestrian crossing, wait to ensure that any approaching vehicle comes to a complete stop before proceeding,” the spokesman added. “This is very important, as a driver may not realise a pedestrian is intending to cross.

“Motorists are reminded that any activity which will impair their driving skill — such as drinking or using cell phones — should be eliminated so their attention is focused solely on the task of driving responsibly which includes awareness of pedestrians, particularly near schools and exiting buses.”

Anyone with information about Monday's collision in Sandys is asked to contact PC Tiffani DeSilva on 234-1010. Anyone who witnessed yesterday's collision is asked to contact PC Ian Moe on 293-2222.

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Published October 16, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated October 15, 2013 at 10:13 pm)

Two child pedestrians injured

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