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Boy knocked down where Bobby Colleran was killed - on what would have been his 10th birthday

Liverpool Echo logo Liverpool Echo 13/03/2018 Connor Dunn

A 10-year-old boy has been hit by a car in the same spot where tragic Bobby Colleran was killed - on what would have been his 10th birthday.

The year 5 pupil from Blackmoor Park Infant School - the same school that Bobby attended - is believed to have suffered a broken leg in the accident on Leyfield Road in West Derby at around 3.30pm this afternoon.

He was taken to Alder Hey hospital with injuries that are said to be ‘not serious.’

Eye witnesses said that the accident occurred in the exact same spot where six-year-old Bobby was killed in October 2014 and close to a memorial tree sculpture erected in his honour.

And in another tragic coincidence - the accident happened on what would have been the youngster’s 10th birthday.

a boy taking a selfie in a car posing for the camera © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc

Pupils at Blackmoor Park have been remembering Bobby today, with many wearing blue in memory of the young Everton fan.

Since his death in 2014, Bobby’s family have relentlessly campaigned for improved road safety around Liverpool schools.

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Their efforts have resulted in a raft of improvements being installed by the council and a fund set up in his name is now a registered charity with signs bearing the youngster’s name warning drivers to slow down are now outside most schools in the city.

One mother whose child attends Blackmoor Park witnessed the aftermath of the incident.

She said: “I saw lots of mothers crying with worry, as I walked up the little boy was lying in the middle of the road with his legs under a car.

“He looked distressed but he was talking, it was really horrible to see.”

She added: “Bobby was killed in the exact same spot, it happened next to his tree.

“For it to happen on his 10th birthday as well - when the kids are remembering him - is just such a shame.”

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A spokesman for Merseyside Police said: “We were called to Leyfield Road at 3.43pm to reports a vehicle had collided with a pedestrian.

“The boy suffered injuries to his leg and is being treated at the scene.

“He is conscious and breathing.”

A spokesman for the North West Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 3.39pm to reports a 10-year-old boy had been hit by a car.

“He was taken to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital with a query broken leg.”

While traffic was reported to be very slow following the accident, police did not close the road.

Bobby's campaign has received a huge amount of support from the public and from famous figures in the past and today Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard paid tribute to the Huyton youngster by posing with a Happy 10th Birthday Bobby t-shirt on Instagram.

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