THE family of a teenager who was seriously injured when he was struck by a car said the accident sent a strong message to other students about the importance of road safety.
Sir Robert Woodard Academy student Daniel Guile, 14, needed to be airlifted to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, in Brighton, after he was struck on a notorious stretch of the A27 near Upper Boundstone Lane, who ignored the footbridge as he attempted to cross the road last Tuesday.
His aunt, Alli Willard, of West Way, Lancing, said he was now recovering after suffering a broken leg, internal injuries, and a suspected broken wrist, but they were thankful there had been no head injuries. She said: “I think it sends a strong message to the other students who think crossing that stretch of road will save them five minutes.
“This is what can happen with those five minutes. It’s just not worth it. That bridge was put there for a reason.”
Alli said a student at Boundstone College, Stephen Negus, had died crossing that stretch of road when she was a student and had warned her at the time of the dangers of the road.
“I remember how shocking that was. When you’re that age you think you’re invincible, then something like that happens. He’s a very lucky boy, but he said he won’t ever be doing anything like that again.”
Sir Robert Woodard Academy has been updating students on Daniel’s progress and said it would help him with his return to school.
When Daniel returns, the school plans to hold an assembly on the importance of road safety – something Alli thought was a great idea.
Within 24 hours of the accident, a Facebook page wishing Daniel well was set up for the popular student and had attracted hundreds of group members.