“I’M just so relieved he’s still here” – the horrified mother of five-year-old Michael Swinhoe today told of her joy that he walked away with only cuts and bruises after he and a pal were hit by a car outside their school.
Victoria Swinhoe said she screamed as she saw her son thrown to the ground, and feared the worst when she realised his friend Neil Lamb was trapped under the Toyota Yaris.
“It was all a bit of a blur,” said the 26-year-old Plains Farm mum-of-four.
“We were standing on the island in the middle of the road and I told the kids they could go after the red car.
“The next thing I know, my little boy is flying along the road.
“I was just screaming, and then I saw Neil had gone under.
“His mum was just begging us to get him out, but we didn’t want to move him at first in case we made it worse.
“He’d been silent, so when I heard him scream it was a massive relief. I honestly thought he was gone.”
Five-year-old Neil had to be freed from under the car by a passer-by.
Yesterday, he had surgery at Sunderland Royal Hospital to repair damage to his fingers.
North East Ambulance Service said both boys were taken to hospital after the incident, which happened in Premier Road at about 8.45am on Monday, minutes before lessons restarted at Plains Farm Primary School after the holiday.
After a brief check-up, Michael was allowed to go home to rest.
He has shown no ill effects after the ordeal, much to the surprise of Victoria, of Potter Square.
She said: “I was shaking until about two and I couldn’t eat anything all day.
“I think I went through it more than he did, and he was involved in the accident.”
Michael’s younger sister Delta, four, who saw her brother get hit, has been left shaken.
“She doesn’t want to go back to school,” said Victoria.
“I’ve had to explain to her that it was an accident and she is safe.”
Now Victoria wants to see action taken to prevent more children being hurt in Premier Road.
“It’s not the first accident on that road,” she said.
“I think they should get a lollipop lady there to help stop it happening again in the future.”
Police confirmed no action had been taken against the driver, who remained at the scene after the incident.
They appealed for anyone who saw what happened to contact them on 101.