Boy, 6, hit by car walking home from school just a WEEK after lollipop lady was axed
Brenden was knocked down as he crossed the busy main road with his mum, older sister Louanne, and younger brother Reiden.
The spot where he was struck had a crossing attendant stopping traffic so children could cross safely, but these were axed under council budget cuts last week.
Brenden was crossing the road at a pelican crossing with his mother Carly Donnelly at the same spot he does every day on his way home from school.
The lollipop lady was axed under council budget cuts (stock image)
When people saw it they couldn't believe it wasn't much worse
The youngster was holding onto a buggy being pushed by his mother as they crossed Wood Lane, Dagenham, at around 3.30pm last Friday.
But as he stepped off the kerb a teenage girl walking with her younger brother grabbed Brenden's arm and he stopped, causing him to be hit by the car.
His father Paul Donnelly, said: "He crossed the road with my wife who had the buggy with her, he tried to get across the road.
"The girl grabbed his arm and he didn't know what to do and panicked a bit. He hit the front passenger side and rolled along the car.
"When people saw it they couldn't believe it wasn't much worse.
"He is a very lucky boy, he was a bit shaken, there's no broken bones. He has a red mark on his face, but it could have been much worse and thankfully he was uninjured.
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"The driver stopped and was very shaken. Thankfully he was going below the speed limit.
"It's a main road going through Dagenham, it's not a quiet road. There have been a lot of accidents there, it's very fast and cars often fly up there to catch the lights at the main junction.
"A lollipop lady needs to be there. Someone in a high-viz jacket who's over 5ft is much more likely to be seen than a kid who is only 3ft.
"Drivers have more chance of seeing a lollipop man or woman as it's an extra pair of eyes in an area where a lot of kids cross going to school.
"A child's safety should be paramount for any council, they shouldn't be cutting safety measures when it comes to kid's well-being."
The 33-year-old, who works as a duct fitter, and his wife plan to meet their MP, Margaret Hodge, to discuss the removal of lollipop ladies from the area's schools.