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Family name five-year-old left fighting for his life after being hit by car with 'L' plates

  • Video report by ITV News Anglia's Claire McGlasson

A five-year-old boy who was hit by a car and left fighting for his life, has been named by his family as Bobby Hughes.

The youngster is believed to have been knocked down by a learner driver on Gabriel Street in Saffron Walden, while playing with other children on the road.

Residents said a young female learner driver, who was driving down the road at the time, pressed the accelerator rather than the brake while trying to avoid him.

The youngster was hit while playing with other children in a quiet cul-de-sac outside his home. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Bobby was hit while playing with other children in a quiet cul-de-sac outside his home.

He was flown to Addenbrooke's hospital in Cambridge and is believed to have suffered serious head injuries and has had to undergo emergency brain surgery.

Speaking from the family home, Sandra, who identified herself as Bobby's grandmother said: "It's my grandson who was hit."

"One of his sisters was here, she actually saw it happen. So obviously she's very traumatised."

Residents say Bobby is Credit: ITV News Anglia

Neighbours described Bobby as "the nicest little boy in the world" while another said what a "lovely family" he is from.

Others living on the road described hearing an "almighty screech" as Bobby was hit.

Neighbours say children frequently play together on the road Credit: ITV News Anglia

A wooden panel has been used to cover the hole where the home has been damaged.

The car crashed into a property across the road from Bobby's home, where he lives with his parents and two older sisters.

A family friend posted an update on Bobby's condition on Facebook, with the message: "Please pray for Bobby he is 5 years old."

He went down for surgery late last night and they removed 2 pieces of his skull from his brain. The surgeon couldn't finish what he wanted to do as Bobby was really unstable. His brain is swelling and they can't control it (as yet).

They are taking him down for more surgery today. The family have been told if he comes through this he will not be the Bobby they knew. We're not having that.

We want him fully restored to the boy he was this time yesterday.

– Family Friend, Facebook
Following the collision, those living nearby ran to the aid of Bobby Credit: ITV News Anglia

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