The day my son was hit by a car

Sorry I have been a bit AWOL the last week or so – it’s been one hell of a ride. Last Tuesday we relocated from Devon to Lincolnshire, which was a huge upheaval for everyone, and has meant several days of living out of boxes, eating Sainsburys sandwiches for dinner and sleeping on mattresses on the floor.
For now, we are half settled. Most of the boxes are unpacked, and we have made this rented house as much of a home as possible until our house in Devon is sold and we can buy our forever home in Lincs.
On top of all of that, last weekend was quite possibly the scariest of my life. It had been a lovely Sunday – we had been out for lunch with my parents, and had then been in to the town to watch Gemma carrying the flag in the Brownies parade for St Georges Day. We came home happy and tired, and I started to pack up the last few boxes while Max slept and the older 2 played in the front garden.
The next minute the peace was shattered when I heard the squealing of car brakes. A sound you never want to hear – followed by an eerie silence, broken only by Gemma’s screams. I was out the door like a shot, to see the awful and terrifying sight of my 6 year old son lying in the road in a pool of blood.
It’s a sight I wouldn’t ever want anyone to have to see.
I don’t remember much after that. I do remember running to Jacob, and kneeling next to him, cradling his tiny face which was covered in blood and cuts. I remember a neighbour holding his head still. I remember someone on the phone to an ambulance, and I remember the relief when I heard the sirens. 
The next couple of days were a blur of ambulances, hospitals and tests. Thankfully my boy had been very lucky. It turns out that he had been skateboarding and had gone off the driveway, into the road and headfirst into a moving car. His poor little face was battered and bruised, his little cheekbone was fractured and he had some a pretty decent dose of concussion – but it could have been so much worse. The thought makes me sick to my stomach.

Seeing your child lying in the road half underneath a car is horrific, and it’s a sight I will never ever forget. I thank whichever guardian angel was watching over my boy that day




  1. May 6, 2014 / 3:02 pm

    Sure God love him, how terrifying for both you, him and his sister 🙁 I can’t imagine how horrific it must have been for you all. I hope he’s on the mend now xo

  2. May 6, 2014 / 3:47 pm

    How terrifying for you all…..So glad he’s ok! x

  3. May 6, 2014 / 4:23 pm

    Oh Kate, every mothers worst nightmare come true, you poor things, I hope he makes a swift recovery, guardian angel indeed x

  4. May 7, 2014 / 12:38 am

    Oh how scary. A parent’s worst nightmare. I know how numb I was when the doctors told me my son had leukaemia. Hope he recovers quickly

  5. May 7, 2014 / 11:37 am

    When I was 14 I was in a road traffic accident and was about 3 inches from going over the roof of the car. My best friend was at my side and although I think she was freaking out she calmly called my Mum and explained what happened. My Mum’s friend was on hand to drive my Mum to meet me (my friend said to meet us at the hospital but Mum came to meet me at the accident – especially as I managed to pretty much stop the whole of Bedford that day!). Fortunately just had a sprained ankle and a bit of whip lash but felt very sorry for myself for a few days – it was half term after all!

    Hope he’s feeling better now.

  6. May 7, 2014 / 6:39 pm

    oh my goodness how awful for you. Glad he’s recovering x

  7. May 10, 2014 / 6:35 am

    My worst nightmare! can’t even begin to imagine what you must have gone through! Glad he’s ok and on the mend. x

  8. May 10, 2014 / 9:14 am

    Makes me feel sick just reading it! So glad he is ok things could have been so much worse he is such a lucky boy. I couldn’t think of a scarier experience for a parent x

  9. May 10, 2014 / 9:06 pm

    This really saddened me Kate. I’m so pleased Jacob is OK and it wasn’t much worse! Bless him. I hope he has made a full recovery x

  10. May 31, 2014 / 7:59 am

    Oh my goodness. I saw some kids on skateboards enter a blind turn near me just yesterday…my heart went in my mouth that there might have been a car coming so I can’t even imagine how much worse it feels for a parent. Thank God he’s OK & hope you’re more settled in the new place now. #blogsRus

  11. June 2, 2014 / 12:27 pm

    OMG!! I would have been terrified seeing this. I really really hope that he is OK and that he is safe at home now with you. 🙁 I just cannot begin to imagine how you must be feeling.
    Thanks for linking up with #blogsRus linky!

  12. August 28, 2014 / 4:38 pm

    Goodness how horrific and thank goodness he’s ok – hope he feels much better soon! xx
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  13. Tina Holmes
    August 28, 2014 / 4:54 pm

    OMG how awful, so glad it wasn’t anything to serious. Even though that sight will always haunt you forever. Hope he makes a speedy recovery.

  14. Pia Stephens
    August 28, 2014 / 5:50 pm

    So happy it wasn’t more serious! Always horrible to hear about kids in accidents, I hope little man will be as good as new in no time xx

  15. April 28, 2015 / 10:32 am

    Oh no how horrible, it down as it must be so painful to re live, thank god it wasn’t more serious!
    When my children fall or scrape their knees I feel it physically in my heart you must have been so terrified. So happy he is OK then, what a brave strong little man he is and a very special guardian angel.

    Hope you are all ok now x x x
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  16. April 28, 2015 / 10:42 am

    Oh my gosh, this made me well up. I’m so glad he’s ok Kate. It’s always been my biggest fear – someone I know being hit by a car. My eldest has just started walking to my mums and back on her own, and even though it’s only a ten minute walk I’m always frantic until I get the phone call to say she’s arrived safely.

    I hope your little man gets better soon.

    Louise x
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  17. May 2, 2017 / 11:04 pm

    My son was skimmed by a car 9 years ago. He slipped on ice outside the school gate and it ran into his leg. The panic when I got the call was horrific, but thankfully my son was fine within weeks. You never forget it. I was bathing my tiny baby at the time, but I was at school within 7 minutes. I ran the whole way and I could barely speak when I got there.
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