Schoolgirl terrified after being hit by car for second time
SCHOOLGIRL Gabrielle Gardner is "petrified" of crossing the road after being knocked down for the second time in two years.
Her mum Rachael has called for better safety measures to be installed near Severn Vale School, whose headteacher has called on youngsters to take extra care crossing roads.
The 13-year-old was hit by a car driven by an off-duty paramedic on Friday morning as she crossed School Lane in Quedgeley.
She suffered a broken collar bone, concussion and a large gash in her head which needed 10 stitches.
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The Severn Vale pupil was kept at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital overnight and is still off school recovering.
Her mum Rachael Gardner said: "She's in a lot of pain and can't get dressed herself and she's petrified of crossing the road now and backs away from it."
Mrs Gardner said she will be walking her daughter to school from now on and has called for a lollipop lady or traffic calming measures to be put in the road.
It is two years since Gabrielle was hit by a car just around the corner in Field Court Drive.
The accident on September 22, 2010 left her unconscious with head injuries and fractured leg.
She has suffered fits and trouble walking since then.
Headteacher of Severn Vale School Peter Rowland, said the school was "deeply saddened" by the incident and wished Gabrielle a speedy recovery.
He added: "It highlights the need for young people to take great care on our roads at all times. "
He said the school was already implementing a road safety action plan, designed with the help of experts at the county council.
Police confirmed a 13-year-old girl was involved in a collision with a red Citroen Xsara on Friday.
No arrests have been made and the driver is not under investigation. Officers are appealing for witnesses to contact them on 101 quoting incident 65 of September 14.