Sunday 25 February 2018

Young boy (12) struck by car after driver allegedly ran red light: 'It's a miracle he's alive'

The road where the accident happened and inset, Jacob Borkowski's injuries
The road where the accident happened and inset, Jacob Borkowski's injuries
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

A young boy suffered a fractured finger and toe after a driver allegedly ran a red light at a dangerous junction in Dublin.

Jacob Borkowski (12) was crossing the Blackhorse Road in Blanchardstown when a car struck him at around 6.30pm on September 12. The driver failed to stop and gardai are currently investigating the incident.

His mother, Gosia Borkowski, said the light at the crossing was green for pedestrians and the car was driving at a "very fast" speed.

Mrs Borkowski told Independent.ie she is thankful her son's injuries weren't "more serious", but is calling on local councillors to address the notorious Corduff/Castlecurragh junction.

"I'm still in shock. It's really a miracle that he is still here with me," she said.

"He was going football training at the time. One of the witnesses, who was crossing the road on the opposite side, said he is lucky to be alive. It's such a dangerous junction...there are kids constantly crossing there and it is only a matter of time before there is a fatal accident."

The Borkowski family has been living in the Blanchardstown area for 16 years and Gosia said the junction is a known safety hazard.

"We took him to the hospital and he has a cast on his arm now, but he is very shook up after the whole thing. Something needs to be done before it is too late."

Jacob's football club, Corduff FC, appealed for any other witnesses to come forward.

"We have roughly 175 kids who cross this junction each week night for club training and the risk of a kid taking the hit rather than the traffic light pole is a real and present danger," the club said in a statement.

"Traffic undertakes on the inside lane to either make it toward Ballycoolin or toward the N3 and avoid the traffic turning in to each of the above estates mentioned.. The traffic does this at speed even though both directions have a blind spot for traffic turning in to either estate and the junctions pointed out have absolutely no protection for pedestrians."

A garda spokesman said they are still investigating the alleged hit and run.

"At approximately 19.00hrs Gardaí from Balanchardstown attended the scene of an alleged collision involving a pedestrian and a car at Blackhorse Road, Blanchardstown. The car involved has yet to be identified and enquires are ongoing."

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