Scooter rider critically ill after colliding with a car on ‘fast, dangerous road’

A man is critically ill after a scooter collided with a car on a ‘dangerous’ road where community leaders want a lower speed limit, it was reported last night.

The collision happened at the junction between Darr’s Lane and the High Street in Northchurch, near Tesco Express, at about 4.15pm yesterday.

The scooter rider – a man in his 40s – suffered serious, multiple injuries to his pelvis, chest and head. He was airlifted to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel for specialist medical care.

His passenger – a woman in her 40s – also suffered serious injuries and was taken to Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury by land ambulance. Her injuries are understood not to have been life-threatening.

Two land ambulances, an air ambulance and a fast response car were rushed out to help the pair immediately after the collision.

The air ambulance arrived at 5pm, but could not leave until 6.10pm.

East of England Ambulance Service spokesman Richard Dunne said: “The person could not even be moved and would have needed to be anaesthetised and given some strong pain relief.

“He would have had to have been handled so carefully, so as not to injure him further. I would imagine it would be quite a task to get him stable if they are in critical condition to ensure that they survive the journey.”

The air ambulance arrived in the Royal London Hospital just before 6.25pm.

Police had been called to the site of the accident by paramedics just after 4.20pm and closed the road around the site of the collision just after 4.30pm. It was not reopened until 8.10pm.

Spokesman Sarah Spence said the collision was between a silver Peugeot 206 travelling south east on the High Street and a blue Vespa scooter going in the other direction.

She said: “It seems that the silver Peugeot was intending to turn right when the collision has occurred.”

The driver of the Peugeot was uninjured. Sarah said that anyone who saw what happened should phone police on their non-emergency number 101.

The news comes just three months after a six-year-old boy was hit by a car less than half-a-mile away on Northchurch High Street while walking to St Mary’s School

His headteacher Eloise Haezewindt had previously called for a new 20mph limit to be introduced to slow down ‘fast’ cars on the busy road

Northchurch Parish Council leader Alan Fantham said that many parents in the village find the High Street and adjacent New Road ‘dangerous’ because of speeding vehicles.

But there is no indication that speeding was the cause of the collision that happened on Thursday.