Young Holmewood van crash victim starts to wake up

Darren Watkinson took this picture of the air ambulance landing at the scene.
Darren Watkinson took this picture of the air ambulance landing at the scene.

A schoolboy who was seriously injured after being hit by a van at the weekend is regaining consciousness.

Seven-year-old Benjamin Gee was crossing Compton Street in Holmewood on Saturday afternoon when he was struck by the vehicle.

The Heath Primary School pupil was flown by air ambulance to Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

He suffered a fractured skull, a fractured shoulder, broken ribs and internal bleeding.

Speaking from his hospital bedside this morning, his parents Rosemarie and David told the Derbyshire Times their son had started to wake up after being unconscious since the smash.

They are “hoping and praying” he will eventually make a full recovery.

Mrs Gee, 44, said: “I was hanging my washing out when I heard a bang.

“It was Ben – he’d been hit by a van.

“I can’t believe what’s happened – I’m so upset.

“We’re here just hoping and praying.

“He’s going to have a very long road to recovery and probably won’t be able to go back to school for a very long time.”

Mr Gee, 45, added: “I’m just in complete and utter shock.

“I can’t believe what’s happened to my boy.”

A Derbyshire police spokesman said the van driver stopped at the scene following the crash at about 2.45pm.

The spokesman added: “We’re speaking to the driver to find out what happened.”

Both Mr and Mrs Gee thanked the emergency services who attended, staff at Sheffield Children’s Hospital and also their friends, family and the wider community of Holmewood for their kind words and support.

On the Derbyshire Times’ Facebook page, scores of people have wished Benjamin a speedy and full recovery.

Laura Anne Batterham said: “Get better soon, Ben. Such a lovely, jolly little lad.”

Tracey Bowness said: “Oh, this poor family. My thoughts go out to them all. I hope the little man makes a full recovery.”

Elaine London said: “I am keeping my fingers crossed for little Ben.”

Carole Wibberley said: “Terrible news. I hope he makes a full and speedy recovery.”

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