Helen Le Caplain
This is the heart-stopping moment a boy narrowly avoided death when he ran out into the road in front of a 32-tonne truck – with the driver missing him ‘by six inches’.
Shocking dashcam footage shows the lad looking in the direction of the lorry and trying to sprint across the road ahead of it before leaping back onto the pavement.
Grab lorry driver Nick Elliott was left stunned after the close call in Rosehill, Surrey, yesterday afternoon and is now sharing the frightening clip to reiterate to children and parents the importance of road safety.
Nick from Sutton, south west London, said: “I was between deliveries, I had just done one delivery on that road I was heading to my next one.
“The junction I was crossing to was a dual carriageway. I was coming from a 30mph zone, across the dual carriageway which was 40mph then into a 20mph zone.
“I checked my right hand mirror as there were stationary cars on my right waiting to turn and then as I looked back that’s when I saw him run out in front of me and I slammed on my brakes.
“The lad only looked about 12 and was about half a foot away from me, I couldn’t believe it.
“I didn’t feel anything at the time as it happened so quickly. I saw that he had stopped dead in his tracks and run back to the kerb, I was just focusing on avoiding him and seeing where he went.
“Once I saw him go back I made sure I kept moving slowly to avoid an accident behind me and cars going into the back of me.
“I think him seeing how close he got to me and the noise of me slamming on the brakes, which was really loud, will have really scared him.”
Nick has been professional driver in London for seven years and said the incident had shaken him up.
Nick, 29, said: “As I drove past it then hit me how quickly and easily it happened and how different the outcome could have been.
“I was gobsmacked and needed a few minutes before I cracked on with my deliveries.
“I’m sharing the clip as I want to raise awareness, I want parents to show their kids this and teach them road safety.
“This sort of stuff can and does happen so quickly.
“From a lorry driver’s point of view it also show just how quickly we have to stop in situations like this and what we have to deal with on a daily basis.
“We’ve always got people pulling out and having close shaves of one sort or another.
“That’s the first time I’ve had a kid run out like that – it could have easily been a tragedy.”