Sunderland schoolboy injured after Northumbria Police car crash is scared to leave home

Eight year old Luke Middleton still in plaster after his leg was broken when he was hit by a police car in Silksworth.
Eight year old Luke Middleton still in plaster after his leg was broken when he was hit by a police car in Silksworth.
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A SCHOOLBOY who was knocked off his scooter by a police car is scared to go out of the house in case he gets killed.

Luke Middleton’s left leg was caught under the door sill of the Northumbria Police patrol car after he was struck when crossing Warwick Terrace in Silksworth.

The eight-year-old was taken to hospital with a badly broken leg after the smash on January 22.

His leg is now in a cast and he needs a wheelchair or walking frame to get around.

The Silksworth Junior School pupil said: “I was just going to the shop. I was next to the zebra crossing when I saw the police car and it smashed into me.

“The scooter went away. I was screaming.”

The youngster was taken by ambulance to Sunderland Royal Hospital where it was found that he had fractured his lower leg in two places.

He will need the cast for at least eight weeks and is hoping to be able to walk with crutches soon.

His mum Stephanie Rowell, 28, said it is not just the physical injuries which are troubling Luke – but the mental scars too.

She said: “He is not sleeping and is terrified of going out in case he is hit by a car again – he thinks he is going to get killed.”

Luke has not been able to school since the accident and he has been referred to a child psychologist for help with the trauma.

Stephanie was told what happened after a stranger knocked on the door just after 6.30pm. She left one-year-old daughter Allanah with a neighbour to see what had happened to Luke.

She said: “The woman said ‘Luke’s been hit’ and I said ‘by who?’. She said ‘he’s been hit by a police car and is in a bad way’. I just couldn’t believe it.

“Someone arrived in a car and I just jumped in. The baby wasn’t even dressed. I had to leave her with a neighbour.

“I just dropped to my knees next to him. We were in the ambulance and he was screaming.”

Stephanie is also trying to come to terms with what happened, but admits it could have been so much worse.

She added: “I don’t think I broke down and had a good cry until we got back from the hospital. The first time I was in Luke’s bedroom was when it hit me. I said to my mum, ‘I could have been packing his things away’.

“It was the last thing I expected to happen to a child like Luke. He is a real home bird and likes to be in the house. I don’t let him go out by himself and roam the streets. He was just going to the shops with my partner.”

A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said an investigation into the crash is being carried out by motor patrols officers.