Walton garden crash boys have 'miracle escape'

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Scott and Zach Sutton, pictured with their sister Anya, both received head injuries as a result of the accident

The mother of two boys injured when a car crashed into their front garden fence in Surrey has said it is a miracle they are still alive.

Zach Sutton, three, and his brother Scott, two, were playing in the garden in Ashley Park Road, Walton, when the accident happened on 2 October.

Their mother, Laura, said the children were 12in (30cm) away from the brick fence post when it was hit by the car.

The post and the fence where the boys were playing were knocked over.

Zach, who has a genetic condition called Apert syndrome, received a suspected fractured skull and was sent to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London for an operation.

Scott was treated at St Peter's Hospital, Chertsey for a bump on the head. Both boys were detained overnight.

"It was a totally random event, and they were in the wrong place at the wrong time," said Mrs Sutton, who also has a three-year-old daughter Anya, who is Zach's twin.

"It was miraculous that they walked away."

She said the car hit the fence post after swerving to avoid an oncoming car.

"It was horrible but I want to try and get something positive out of it."

Crossing facilities

Before the accident, Mrs Sutton had complained to Surrey County Council (SCC) about the lack of measures to keep traffic speed down in the Ashley Road, Ashley Park Road, Stompond Lane and Hersham Road area.

She said she wanted to see a 20mph zone, particularly in Ashley Road.

"Generally, Walton is not friendly to pedestrians outside the town centre and efforts should be made to address this by controlling speed properly and providing some crossing facilities," she said.

In September, SCC senior engineer Les Simms replied to Mrs Sutton, saying that the capital budget for road safety measures would be "zero for the forseeable future" because of budget cuts.

A spokeswoman for the council said it had no further comment to make following the boys' accident and was awaiting the conclusion of the police investigation.

Surrey Police said its inquiries were continuing.

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