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Woman and child remain in hospital following collision with car in East End Road Finchley
The zebra crossing in East End Road, Finchley, where a woman and child were in collision with a car.
A woman and a baby boy remain in hospital after a car collided with them on a zebra crossing in Finchley.
The woman was crossing East End Road with the child in a pushchair at approximately 6.20pm last Friday when the incident happened.
The driver of the car, a man in his 70s, stopped at the scene outside Avenue House where onlookers quickly rushed to try and help.
Slawek Tracz, who has been a steward at Avenue House for seven years, helped divert oncoming traffic until police arrived.
He said: “The baby was still in the pram and people were shouting ‘call a doctor, call a doctor’.
“Two to three women tried to get the baby's attention and make him stay awake. He was crying a few times. It was horrible.
“I could see quite a big car with a smashed bonnet and windscreen but I couldn’t see the woman.”
An air ambulance landed on the grounds of Avenue House while more paramedics and police rushed to the scene at the junction of Cavendish Avenue.
The woman in her twenties and the boy, who is approximately 18 months old, were taken to an east London hospital.
The pair, who are not related, remain in hospital where the woman is in a critical condition and the child is in a stable condition.
Neighbours in Cavendish Avenue said they were “shocked” by the incident and some called for traffic lights to be installed instead of a zebra crossing in East End Road.
Elizabeth Leapman, 70, who has lived in Cavendish Avenue for 50 years, said: “When my husband told me about the crash I was so shocked. We use the crossing all the time and lots of children use it to go to the park – I always worry when I see the children crossing the road.
“I really think traffic lights would be much safer because drivers can see them better and take more notice of them. Even if it saves one life it would be worth it.”
But Simon Rockman, 49, who was knocked down on the same spot 14 years ago before the crossing was put in, is "dead against" traffic calming.
He said: “I think putting in lights and speed humps just makes people think as long as they’re driving within the law it’s safe – but it isn’t.”
The driver of the car was not arrested and police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
Anyone with information is asked to call 020 8842 1817.
A council spokeswoman said: “We will be investigating the cause of this accident and if there is a strong case for making changes to this crossing we will take this further.”
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