Leg-break youngster on road to recovery after accident

LARA Arnold (6) is pictured with her mother Laura at their Abbots Road home in Hucknall where she is recovering after breaking her leg in a road accident

LARA Arnold (6) is pictured with her mother Laura at their Abbots Road home in Hucknall where she is recovering after breaking her leg in a road accident

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LITTLE Lara Arnold is back home recovering from a broken leg after being in a collision with a car near Washdyke Lane recreation ground in Hucknallpark.

The he six year-old suffered a broken thigh bone in the accident.

The air ambulance was called to the scene on Wednesday June 27 at about 6.30pm, prompting large crowds to gather.

Speaking from the family home on Abbots Road, Hucknall, Lara’s dad, Anthony, said his daughter is now in good spirits and feeling much better.

“Lara came out of hospital on Saturday afternoon after having surgery to insert pins in her leg,” explained Mr Arnold. “She is much better and not in any pain.

“She is in good spirits even though she has to use a wheelchair.

“She even managed to go to her best friend’s party on Sunday and loved all the attention.”

Lara had gone to the recreation ground with friends and was crossing over to Pears’ shop when the car, driven by a woman, emerged from the junction with Belvoir Street.

This is almost the exact spot where 17 year-oldDaniel Banks was killed six years ago.

“We feel very lucky that Lara is OK, especially after what happened to Daniel,” added Mr Arnold. “Kids will be kids but how many more accidents have to happen before something is done to protect them on this road?”

The Pears off licence now has a petition inside the shop asking Hucknall residents to sign and support the need for improved road safety in the area.

Mr Arnold added: “My family wholeheartedly support the petition as at the time of the accident involving Lara the street was jam-packed with cars.

“If the council just put a 12 ft exclusion zone with yellow zig zag road markings, it would go a long way to make the area safer and not cost much either.”

Dispatch reader Tracey Richardson agreed that parking is a problem in the area.

“The parking outside the park on Wednesday around 3pm was poor. Outside the gates was a white van and cars parked across from each other made visibility to cross very poor.

“I had my grandson in his pushchair and couldn’t see what was coming from behind it.

“The parking in this area needs looking into and maybe only allow parking on one side not both.”