Second child in incident with car at Cookstown pedestrian crossing

The Morgans Hill Road, Cookstown.INMM4315-358
The Morgans Hill Road, Cookstown.INMM4315-358

Calls for drivers to slow down in town have been repeated after a small child was “missed by inches” at a pedestrian crossing on the Morganshill Road.

It is understood the little girl was crossing the road on Friday morning at 8.25am after waiting for the ‘green man’ to appear, when a black car was reported to have jumped a red light and almost hit her.

One eye witness said the near-miss left him in

“total shock”.

This news comes just months after a six-year-old boy was knocked down at the same crossing.

Cookstown UUP councillor Trevor Wilson said it is only a matter of time before a child is killed on the stretch of road if drivers don’t slow down.

Appealing to them to take better care on the roads, he said: “Once again a young child was nearly knocked down at a pedestrian crossing on the Morganshill Road - a child is going to end up getting killed at the lights.

“I would like to appeal to drivers to slow down. They need to pay more attention on this stretch of road.”

Inspector Daniel Walsh said: “Police were made aware of an incident in the Morgan’s Hill Road area of Cookstown at around 8.25am on Friday, October 16. It was reported that a young girl had waited at traffic lights until the red had turned red and it was safe cross when a car sped past her, missing her by inches.

“Enquiries are ongoing, however, we are keen to hear from anyone who noticed a small black car, similar to a Honda Civic, with, what we believe, had a female driver in it, to contact Police on the 101 number. ”