The girl had been waiting on the side of a busy road during school hours and video shows her make a sudden dash between cars. She’d attempted to cross the street as the traffic had slowed in one direction and cleared on the other side of the road.
But while the girl may have been able to slip between two stationary vehicles in one lane, cars had meanwhile been passing through another lane on the left, which the schoolgirl hadn’t been able to see.
Moments before she is struck by a sedan, she sees the car coming towards her, but she’s unable to escape being clipped and thrown to the ground.
The incident occurred in Ringwood in Victoria according to The Herald Sun, however Victoria Police could not confirm this to news.com.au as the accident was not reported to police.
The video shared by popular group Dash Cam Owners Australia yesterday has attracted more than 4100 reactions and more than 2400 comments. It’s also inspired heated debate over who is in the wrong.
The post says the driver was travelling in a “parking lane”, however, the lane appears to be an edged lane, which drivers are permitted to drive in for up 100 metres in NSW in a range of circumstances. Some commenters insisted the driver was at fault.
Vic Roads says drivers must give way to vehicles and pedestrians when entering a road, either from another road, or driveway.
“She’s a child. He was driving in the parking lane. He is at fault,” one woman wrote, her comment attracting more than 550 likes.
“Yes, we all agree,” another person said.
“(The driver) should not have been over the solid white line,” another agreed.
“I hope both drivers that were seen driving in the bike lane are fined, very lucky girl,” another said.
However others felt the situation was more complex than the driver simply being in the wrong.
“He shouldn’t have been driving there. That young girl also shouldn’t have ran across if she wasn’t 100 per cent sure the coast was clear,” a woman wrote.
“I’m sure the driver is feeling remorseful and the girl will be more cautious next time. (It) was just a silly mistake they both made. That girl was very lucky! If she’d ran a few steps quicker, it could have been worse.”
“They’re both going to be learning lessons from this,” another agreed. “Both have different points of view, girl nearly died and the driver nearly killed the girl. Both will be traumatised somewhat.”
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