‘I took one for the team’: Boy run over
TWELVE-YEAR-OLD Riley Haydon says he "took one for the team" on Tuesday when he was hit by a car, breaking three bones in his leg.
Riley was hit on the road just metres from his school, Pimpama State Primary College.
Parents were furious, telling the Gold Coast Bulletin they had been crying out for pedestrian crossings outside Riley's school and the neighbouring Pimpama State Secondary College for years.
Following the accident, parents' outrage and a front page report in the Gold Coast Bulletin yesterday, Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey approved installation of pedestrian crossings and funding for lollipop ladies outside Pimpama State Primary College.
"I took one for the team," Riley said yesterday.
"I got hurt so the other kids are safe."
But although Riley thought it was "really cool" to be on the front page of the Gold Coast Bulletin, his mother Bex was still angry over the incident.
"It is disgusting that my son had to be hit by a car before there was any action to protect children around the school," she said.
"If my son fell towards the car instead of away from it, he could have died.
"Fortunately that didn't happen but I can't get it out of my head that they knew about the safety issues around the road and didn't do anything until now."