UPDATE: Parents anxiously await recovery of paperboy,14, after Erith lorry crash

News Shopper: Cyclist suffers leg injuries after lorry crash in Erith Cyclist suffers leg injuries after lorry crash in Erith

The parents of a 14-year-old paperboy are keeping anxious vigil round his hospital bedside after a lorry crashed into him in Erith yesterday (March 13).

Cyclist Liam Fletcher suffered from serious head, spinal and leg injuries after being hit at the junction of Bridge Road and Northend Road at around 7.15am. He remains in a serious but stable condition.

His cousin James Budgen, from Chatham, described how Liam’s parents are keeping a constant vigil by his bedside at King’s College Hospital in Denmark Hill watching for vital signs of recovery.

Mr Budgen, 40, told the News Shopper:  “Liam’s a fighter. Doctors said they’ve seen people with less severe injuries pass away.

“He is aware of people around him in hospital but he’s calling them by their names as opposed to mum and dad. The doctors say that is due to the swelling on his brain.

“They say it a long process and they do not know how his brain will be affected.

“His parents, Graham and Mandy, have been there all night and they have other kids at home who are obviously in pieces.

“He has a broken femur which will be operated on this Sunday – they were going to do it today but they are going to wait for the swelling to go down.”

It is still unclear how the incident occurred and police closed off the A206 Northend Road for nearly the whole day collecting evidence.

Mr Budgen said: “Drivers complain about the road being closed off but if it happens to you or someone you know, you realise the importance of getting as much evidence as possible.

“At the moment Liam is not at all aware of how the accident happened at all.”

Mr Budgen revealed the family were touched at how people had rallied round to support the youngster.

He said: “Liam goes to Erith School and his friends have all been leaving lots of messages on his Facebook site.

“His parents are so grateful to everyone who has helped and he’s obviously in the best care at King’s College Hospital.

“Now we just have to wait and see.”

A Bexley Police spokesman said there had been no arrests in connection with the incident.

If you witnessed the accident call Bexley police on 101.

Did you see what happened? Call the newsroom on 01689 885 721.

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6:41am Fri 14 Mar 14

tellmethisdoesn'twork says...

I hope the cyclist is ok and any injury is nothing more than as reported, a leg injury.

HOWEVER...
the accident is alleged to have taken place at around 7:15 that morning.
WHY...has it taken investigators 12 hours to complete an investigation?
Traffic trying to get thru from Erith to Bexleyheath was still solid at 7:15 pm and extended from Gravel Hill all the way back to the Fish Roundabout at Erith and probably beyond.
I hope the cyclist is ok and any injury is nothing more than as reported, a leg injury. HOWEVER... the accident is alleged to have taken place at around 7:15 that morning. WHY...has it taken investigators 12 hours to complete an investigation? Traffic trying to get thru from Erith to Bexleyheath was still solid at 7:15 pm and extended from Gravel Hill all the way back to the Fish Roundabout at Erith and probably beyond. tellmethisdoesn'twork
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8:41am Fri 14 Mar 14

blogger85 says...

As above I hope the cyclist is ok.

What should have been a 10 minute bus journey from Slade Green resulted in our journey home being diverted via Northumberland Heath then a walk all the way home, taking over an hr in total just due to shear volume of traffic. When my other half came home from Orpington at around 10.30pm he said that side of the road was being re-surfaced......won
der why?
As above I hope the cyclist is ok. What should have been a 10 minute bus journey from Slade Green resulted in our journey home being diverted via Northumberland Heath then a walk all the way home, taking over an hr in total just due to shear volume of traffic. When my other half came home from Orpington at around 10.30pm he said that side of the road was being re-surfaced......won der why? blogger85
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10:38am Fri 14 Mar 14

highway warrior says...

From my understanding the road was reopened during the day and then closed later on.
That indicates to me that events took a turn for the worse and further investigations were required. If a road is closed for that long it means the chance of it being or becoming a fatal are very high sadly.
From my understanding the road was reopened during the day and then closed later on. That indicates to me that events took a turn for the worse and further investigations were required. If a road is closed for that long it means the chance of it being or becoming a fatal are very high sadly. highway warrior
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11:03am Fri 14 Mar 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Hope the injured person makes a speedy recovering.
Hope the injured person makes a speedy recovering. sarfflondonbird
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10:45pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Kglcollins says...

Our prayers are going out to you. Our son josh was run over on that road last July. It is a long road to recovery and our josh has had to rebuild his life, but with love and support he is progressing slowly. I hope the parents read this message to give you some hope. My josh had a serious brain injury also and he is pulling through. God bless. Nicola Collins
Our prayers are going out to you. Our son josh was run over on that road last July. It is a long road to recovery and our josh has had to rebuild his life, but with love and support he is progressing slowly. I hope the parents read this message to give you some hope. My josh had a serious brain injury also and he is pulling through. God bless. Nicola Collins Kglcollins
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