Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Boy hit by car on pedestrian crossing in Edinburgh

Colinton Road near Craiglockhart Avenue Image copyright Gavin Corbett

A 13-year-old boy has been taken to hospital after being hit by a car while using an Edinburgh pedestrian crossing.

The boy was struck by a silver Citroen travelling eastbound on Colinton Road near Craiglockhart Avenue in the south of the city just after 08:00.

His injuries were not thought to be life threatening.

The male driver of the Citroen and the male driver of a parked lorry have been charged in connection with the incident.

The road was closed in both directions for about an hour after the incident.

A large truck was seen parked near the crossing.

Gavin Corbett, Green councillor for the Fountainbridge and Craiglockhart ward, said there had been a longstanding issue with parking behaviour near the crossing.

He added: "I'm hugely relieved that the young boy is OK but also that it is sheer luck that it was not more serious."

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "Police in Edinburgh were called to Colinton Road at about 08:10 on Monday following a collision between a silver Citroen car, travelling eastbound, and a pedestrian.

"A 13-year-old boy was taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary as a precaution and the road was closed in both directions, from Craiglockhart Avenue to Polwarth, until about 08:45.

"The male driver of the Citroen and the male driver of an artic lorry, which was parked on the eastbound carriageway, have been charged in connection with this and issued with a fixed penalty ticket."

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