THANKS GUYS! Lawrence Riley, 10, of Alstonville gets star treatment from bypass workers David Fox (left) of South East Excavators and David Allars at Kays Lane, Alstonville.
THANKS GUYS! Lawrence Riley, 10, of Alstonville gets star treatment from bypass workers David Fox (left) of South East Excavators and David Allars at Kays Lane, Alstonville. Jacklyn Wagner

Road angels help schoolboy again

HE'S lucky to be alive, and the Alstonville schoolboy hit by a car nearly two weeks ago had a further stroke of good fortune yesterday, when he was given an 'award for bravery' by some of the people who rushed to help him.

When Lawrence Riley, 10, ran out into Wardell Road during an evening game of 'tip' at Wollongbar, he was run over by the car and suffered multiple injuries.

Workers from the surrounding Alstonville Bypass sites hurried to make him safe and comfortable. He couldn't have been in better hands.

Within minutes he had three qualified first aiders with him, and the scene had been secured to prevent any more traffic from coming through.

Yesterday, a battered Lawrence, recovering from surgery in Brisbane to insert pins and a plate into his hip, was brought to the nearby Kays Lane site in a wheelchair to receive his 'award'.

On the scene were David Fox and Dave Allars, respectively the leading hand for South East Excavations (SEE) and the OHS&R co-ordinator for Reed Constructions, who were both present on the night of the accident.

“Lawrence wasn't a happy chappy when we got to him that night,” Mr Allars said.

“And even the driver of the car was in a state of shock.”

“We had traffic control on site and that is probably what saved him from more serious injuries, as we were slowing vehicles down,” Mr Fox said.

SEE and Reed workers chipped in to raise $380 for Lawrence and yesterday they presented him with what they had bought - a Nintendo DS and DS Lite Value Pack and three games.

Lawrence spent a night in Lismore Base Hospital, followed by another six in the Mater Hospital in Brisbane for the surgery.

As well as the hip injuries, he had a broken ankle, a fractured wrist and severe grazing down one leg and foot. He also had tyre marks across his face and stomach.

He got out of hospital on Friday and will be in the wheelchair for six weeks until he mends.

The 'stop and go' lady was first on the scene, said Lawrence's mum, Wendy, who was there yesterday with his stepfather, Matthew Priddle, and his sister, Sage.

Sage raised the alarm at the accident and while she had screamed, she said she was too shocked to cry.

Lawrence is a Year 4 student at Alstonville Public and had just finished the soccer season at the time of the accident.

Wendy said: “We would like to thank everyone who has helped, from the ambos to the hospital staff, and especially to these blokes.

“Without their help, we wouldn't have Lawrence, that's for sure. They knew exactly what to do.”



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