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Caleb Hollow, 11, hit by car in Hayle 'in critical condition'

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: December 14, 2012

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AN 11-YEAR-OLD boy is in a critical condition in hospital after being hit by a car in Hayle.

Caleb Michael Hollow, who lives in the town, suffered serious head injuries when he was in a collision with a silver Audi A2.

The popular youngster, who supports Arsenal football team, was airlifted from the scene to the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske, before being transferred to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol.

His devastated mother Dawn Chapman hasn’t left his bedside since the youngster was rushed in.

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“He is still very critical but we have got to hope and pray that we can get him through this,” she said.

Since Caleb was admitted, his condition has been ‘up and down’ but Dawn is full of praise for the support he has received.

“It has been hour by hour, that is how we have had to be. It has been up and down, and pretty rough at times.

“He is having the best care we could ever imagined him to have, they are absolutely fantastic and I would just like to thank all of our family and friends for their support.”

She said the family had been in touch with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who is writing to Caleb and sending him a picture of the whole Premiership team.

Caleb’s classmates at Bodriggy Academy have also been told about the collision and sent him their own special get well soon cards.

“Our thoughts are with Caleb and his family at this time,” said head teacher David May. “He is a lovely little boy.

“His class have made two large get well cards with every child writing a message. They have also recorded messages on to a CD for him.”

The Year 6 pupil is a member of the school football and cross-country teams and also performs with the choir.

“He has a beautiful singing voice,” said Mr May.

“He is a small little chap for a Year 6 but ever so popular and friendly, always happy. I have never known him to fall out with another child.”

All 160 junior school children were told what had happened in an assembly earlier this week and the academy also wrote to parents informing them of the collision.

“The whole school is thinking of them,” said Mr May.

“Our prayers are with Caleb and the family.”

Police are investigating the collision, which happened at around 8.40am on Friday at Loggans Road at the junction with Loggans Way.

They said no one had been arrested in connection with the incident.

A number of witnesses contacted the emergency services after Caleb was hit and it is believed an off-duty nurse was also at the scene, staying with him until ambulance crews arrived.

Officers from the serious collisions investigation unit at Camborne also attended.

In 2002 12-year-old Jamie Farrar died as he crossed Loggans Road on a micro-scooter and collided with an ice cream van.

Police are appealing for witnesses to Friday’s incident.

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