A 16-year-old boy is recovering in Southampton’s Paediatric Intensive Care Unit after being hit by a car in Shanklin on Thursday.
As first reported by Island Echo, emergency services were called to Shanklin Road between Lake and Shanklin at just before 13:00 on Thursday afternoon when a pedestrian was involved in a collision with a car.
The casualty is said to have sustained a serious head injury as a result of the crash. He was rushed to St Mary’s Hospital by land ambulance before being transferred across the Solent to Southampton.
It has now been confirmed by the casualty’s mother that the boy crossed the road between parked cars whilst looking at his phone – and wearing headphones. The driver of the car is not thought to be at fault.
Although things looked ‘dicey’ for a time, it is now thought the youngster will make a positive recovery. He is expected to remain in hospital for at least several days.