UPDATE: Neighbours describe horrific moments after 6-year-old boy killed by car in Thamesmead

Tributes left by neighbours at the scene in St John Fisher Road, Thamesmead.

Tributes left at the scene.

The victim was hit near the junction with Kale Road.

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A six-year-old boy died after being hit by a car in Thamesmead hours after a 10-year-old girl was knocked over by a van less than a mile away.

Witnesses spoke of the horrific moments following the fatal accident at the junction of Kale Road and St John Fisher Road just outside Harlequin House on Thursday at 6.15pm.

Police say the boy was walking along the road with his mum and family members.

He is believed to have stepped out from behind a white van when he was reportedly hit by a Honda CRV.

Darren Carr, of Dexter House, was one of the first people on the scene with his partner Nicole and they ran out of their home when they heard a "thud".

The 42-year-old said: "I heard a loud bang and we came down to see what was happening.

"The family were covered in blood and we tried to help clean them up. They were all screaming.

"The mum scooped up the boy up off the floor and they got in a passing car to take him to hospital.

"I just thought it was game over.

"His shoes and rucksack were left strewn in the road and I just put them to one side."

The driver who hit the child was described as a "well dressed man in his twenties" who stopped at the scene and was not arrested.

A witness who lives in Harlequin House said she heard a "loud bang" and could see he accident from her balcony.

She added: "I was ringing the ambulance and screaming at the mum to not pick him up and leave him on the floor.

"It's a mother's instinct to pick up her baby though.

"There was so many people out and police everywhere.

"I have not been able to sleep, it was the worst thing I have ever seen."

A card saying "RIP angel" was left at the scene along with flowers and a teddy bear.

Mother-of-two Kelly Heavens, 38, of Kale Road, Thamesmead, called for more speed restrictions around the area.

She said: "We need safety improvements round here, it has taken for a child to die. It is ridiculous, you can't see where the road ends and the pavement begins."

A Met Police spokesman said: "The driver of the car stopped at the scene and no arrests have been made."

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 020 8285 1574.

Hours earlier, a 10-year-old girl was taken by ambulance to King's College Hospital with serious injuries, believed to be a broken leg, after an accident just before 1pm. 

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9:46am Fri 25 Jul 14

HearTheFacts says...

Very sad, two incidents with a mile or so of each other. School holidays about to start. Families and friends, its a hard time. My heart is with them. So Sad.
Very sad, two incidents with a mile or so of each other. School holidays about to start. Families and friends, its a hard time. My heart is with them. So Sad. HearTheFacts
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10:02am Fri 25 Jul 14

concerned.erith says...

OMG how sad, and hours after the 10 year old girl was hurt.

My heart goes out to the family - I cannot imagine how hurt they must feel.
OMG how sad, and hours after the 10 year old girl was hurt. My heart goes out to the family - I cannot imagine how hurt they must feel. concerned.erith
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1:25pm Fri 25 Jul 14

HelpDesk says...

Drastic measures should be taken not just to nab the accused but also to ensure that people playing with traffic rules don't dare to repeat. Will a day come for that in our civilized society? (Editor, Techvedic)
Drastic measures should be taken not just to nab the accused but also to ensure that people playing with traffic rules don't dare to repeat. Will a day come for that in our civilized society? (Editor, Techvedic) HelpDesk
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3:12pm Fri 25 Jul 14

mouthalmighty says...

The wide roads in thames mead, plus its almost an peninsular, seem to encourage some people to rush whilst driving. Traffic calming measures are definitely needed, long overdue, and road safety needs to be paramount in both schools and at home. Having said that, the children are not to blame because when learning to drive we are taught to be vigilant and look ahead for possible problems. When I see a child on the pavement I hit my breaks and drive slower because some children are unpredictable especially when excited about something.

My condolences to the family of the young lad. RIP little one.
The wide roads in thames mead, plus its almost an peninsular, seem to encourage some people to rush whilst driving. Traffic calming measures are definitely needed, long overdue, and road safety needs to be paramount in both schools and at home. Having said that, the children are not to blame because when learning to drive we are taught to be vigilant and look ahead for possible problems. When I see a child on the pavement I hit my breaks and drive slower because some children are unpredictable especially when excited about something. My condolences to the family of the young lad. RIP little one. mouthalmighty
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3:14pm Fri 25 Jul 14

RichieTay says...

RIP little man, I heard there was a shooting as well? is that true?
RIP little man, I heard there was a shooting as well? is that true? RichieTay
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9:26am Sat 26 Jul 14

R U Serious says...

Let's not judge the driver before the facts of this tragic accident are known, he must be going through an awful time too. Sincere condolences to everyone involved
Let's not judge the driver before the facts of this tragic accident are known, he must be going through an awful time too. Sincere condolences to everyone involved R U Serious
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12:40pm Sat 26 Jul 14

franksutton says...

HelpDesk wrote:
Drastic measures should be taken not just to nab the accused but also to ensure that people playing with traffic rules don't dare to repeat. Will a day come for that in our civilized society? (Editor, Techvedic)
You seem to be assuming that the driver was at fault, but reports "He is believed to have stepped out from behind a white van " suggest otherwise

The driver stopped and spoke to police so they did not have to "nab" him, nor is there any suggestion he was breaking any traffic rule

Making wild accusations at a time like this are uncalled for
[quote][p][bold]HelpDesk[/bold] wrote: Drastic measures should be taken not just to nab the accused but also to ensure that people playing with traffic rules don't dare to repeat. Will a day come for that in our civilized society? (Editor, Techvedic)[/p][/quote]You seem to be assuming that the driver was at fault, but reports "He is believed to have stepped out from behind a white van " suggest otherwise The driver stopped and spoke to police so they did not have to "nab" him, nor is there any suggestion he was breaking any traffic rule Making wild accusations at a time like this are uncalled for franksutton
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7:32pm Sat 26 Jul 14

anonymusb says...

Rip angel .. These roads are so dangerous and with inconsiderate drivers parking making blind spots for pedestrians and driver doesn't help we need more road crossing the accident prior has no crossing as bridge was nocked down with no replacement.. And as for nab the accused he stopped at the scene and didn't leave as above commented nothing has suggested dangerous driving.. Unless people no facts they shouldn't comment .. Heart goes out to the driver and family of this angel x sleep tight
Rip angel .. These roads are so dangerous and with inconsiderate drivers parking making blind spots for pedestrians and driver doesn't help we need more road crossing the accident prior has no crossing as bridge was nocked down with no replacement.. And as for nab the accused he stopped at the scene and didn't leave as above commented nothing has suggested dangerous driving.. Unless people no facts they shouldn't comment .. Heart goes out to the driver and family of this angel x sleep tight anonymusb
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7:39pm Sat 26 Jul 14

cookster says...

Indeed - instead of condemning the driver try to imagine what he will have to deal with for the rest of his life, even if he was blameless it will stay with him forever. My thoughts are with the family as well.
Indeed - instead of condemning the driver try to imagine what he will have to deal with for the rest of his life, even if he was blameless it will stay with him forever. My thoughts are with the family as well. cookster
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