New update: A 12-year-old boy has been killed in crash on A420

Update: A 12-year-old boy killed in crash on A420

Update: A 12-year-old boy killed in crash on A420

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A 12-year-old boy who died in an accident on the A420 near Southmoor yesterday was on his bike, it has emerged.

The boy was from Southmoor and went to school locally, police have said.

It is understood he was cycling with a group along the Charney Road, between the junction for the Lamb and Flag pub and the A420 westbound at about 4.30pm, when the accident happened.

He was involved in a collision with a grey Honda CRV being driven towards Swindon.

An air ambulance and two other ambulances went to the scene and the boy was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital with life-threatening injuries and was later pronounced dead.

Ambulance crews treated 11 more people at the scene, but they did not need hospital treatment.

It is understood these people were treated for shock.

PC Sanders, of Abingdon Roads Policing, said: "This serious collision tragically took the life of the young cyclist, and we urgently require anyone with information that may help us with our investigation to come forward and speak to us as soon as possible."
 

Anyone with information should contact Thames Valley Police non emergency number 101.

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8:16pm Sat 12 Apr 14

DuberryandBeanofan says...

So sad. RIP.
So sad. RIP. DuberryandBeanofan
  • Score: 13

8:59pm Sat 12 Apr 14

SRoute says...

Please can you not use the word "accident" for this kind of incident? It implies no-one was at fault and the collision was purely down to coincidence. "Oh, there's a dead child!
"That's a shame, but it was an accident"...
Somehow I don't think that's the right attitude to take. Until any police investigation is complete we can't know exactly what happened or who was at fault, but the chances are there was either a lapse of concentration or willful action that has, very sadly in this case, lead to the death of a child. THings like this don't just happen. The word "accident" suggests that they do. I think many people would appreciate it it this article was edited to reflect that,
R.I.P.
Please can you not use the word "accident" for this kind of incident? It implies no-one was at fault and the collision was purely down to coincidence. "Oh, there's a dead child! "That's a shame, but it was an accident"... Somehow I don't think that's the right attitude to take. Until any police investigation is complete we can't know exactly what happened or who was at fault, but the chances are there was either a lapse of concentration or willful action that has, very sadly in this case, lead to the death of a child. THings like this don't just happen. The word "accident" suggests that they do. I think many people would appreciate it it this article was edited to reflect that, R.I.P. SRoute
  • Score: -25

9:13pm Sat 12 Apr 14

BicesterBod says...

Terribly terribly sad. RIP little one.

I agree SRoute, incident rather than accident.

This road is horrific.
Terribly terribly sad. RIP little one. I agree SRoute, incident rather than accident. This road is horrific. BicesterBod
  • Score: 6

9:25pm Sat 12 Apr 14

the wizard says...

Terrible, terrible news. Our thoughts are with the boys family at this time. Deepest condolences. RIP little fella.

Time for those that can make a difference to do something NOW before more lives are claimed by a road with a terrible accident/incident record.
Terrible, terrible news. Our thoughts are with the boys family at this time. Deepest condolences. RIP little fella. Time for those that can make a difference to do something NOW before more lives are claimed by a road with a terrible accident/incident record. the wizard
  • Score: 17

8:15am Sun 13 Apr 14

H.J.Harris says...

I see nothing wrong with using the term "accident". One definition of the word is "an unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or injury".
I see nothing wrong with using the term "accident". One definition of the word is "an unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or injury". H.J.Harris
  • Score: 32

11:32am Sun 13 Apr 14

bicesterlady says...

RIP young man.

Surely the fact that a child is dead is more important than semantics?
RIP young man. Surely the fact that a child is dead is more important than semantics? bicesterlady
  • Score: 41

1:23pm Sun 13 Apr 14

tinsel84 says...

H.J.Harris wrote:
I see nothing wrong with using the term "accident". One definition of the word is "an unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or injury".
Absolutely nothing wrong with the term "accident" because this is what it probably is. It's quite scary that the blame culture is spreading so quickly; "a CHILD has been killed!" Therefore we desperately need someone to blame and ostracise and all rationality must be tossed aside. This is all very tragic, but we don't even know what has happened. It could be the kids' fault for all we know. There seems to be this prevalent view that it is always a car drivers fault when a cyclist is killed. Even if a driver is at fault, it is still an ACCIDENT. As usual, I'm sure we're going to get the moral superiority competition which always happens on here when there is a tragic ACCIDENT.

I see a lot of p!ss poor driving in Oxfordshire on a daily basis. No doubt some of these people come on here regularly to pontificate about road safety and how anyone that crashes into someone has done it maliciously and deliberately, is the scum of the universe and should be hung drawn and quartered.

This is tragic and horrible but for goodness sake lets not jump to conclusions before we know the facts of what happened.
[quote][p][bold]H.J.Harris[/bold] wrote: I see nothing wrong with using the term "accident". One definition of the word is "an unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or injury".[/p][/quote]Absolutely nothing wrong with the term "accident" because this is what it probably is. It's quite scary that the blame culture is spreading so quickly; "a CHILD has been killed!" Therefore we desperately need someone to blame and ostracise and all rationality must be tossed aside. This is all very tragic, but we don't even know what has happened. It could be the kids' fault for all we know. There seems to be this prevalent view that it is always a car drivers fault when a cyclist is killed. Even if a driver is at fault, it is still an ACCIDENT. As usual, I'm sure we're going to get the moral superiority competition which always happens on here when there is a tragic ACCIDENT. I see a lot of p!ss poor driving in Oxfordshire on a daily basis. No doubt some of these people come on here regularly to pontificate about road safety and how anyone that crashes into someone has done it maliciously and deliberately, is the scum of the universe and should be hung drawn and quartered. This is tragic and horrible but for goodness sake lets not jump to conclusions before we know the facts of what happened. tinsel84
  • Score: 20

4:59pm Sun 13 Apr 14

DoctorBob says...

tinsel84 wrote:
H.J.Harris wrote:
I see nothing wrong with using the term "accident". One definition of the word is "an unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or injury".
Absolutely nothing wrong with the term "accident" because this is what it probably is. It's quite scary that the blame culture is spreading so quickly; "a CHILD has been killed!" Therefore we desperately need someone to blame and ostracise and all rationality must be tossed aside. This is all very tragic, but we don't even know what has happened. It could be the kids' fault for all we know. There seems to be this prevalent view that it is always a car drivers fault when a cyclist is killed. Even if a driver is at fault, it is still an ACCIDENT. As usual, I'm sure we're going to get the moral superiority competition which always happens on here when there is a tragic ACCIDENT.

I see a lot of p!ss poor driving in Oxfordshire on a daily basis. No doubt some of these people come on here regularly to pontificate about road safety and how anyone that crashes into someone has done it maliciously and deliberately, is the scum of the universe and should be hung drawn and quartered.

This is tragic and horrible but for goodness sake lets not jump to conclusions before we know the facts of what happened.
This conversation has no place on here. You should all be ashamed of yourselves.

There should be no comment section on this story.
[quote][p][bold]tinsel84[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]H.J.Harris[/bold] wrote: I see nothing wrong with using the term "accident". One definition of the word is "an unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or injury".[/p][/quote]Absolutely nothing wrong with the term "accident" because this is what it probably is. It's quite scary that the blame culture is spreading so quickly; "a CHILD has been killed!" Therefore we desperately need someone to blame and ostracise and all rationality must be tossed aside. This is all very tragic, but we don't even know what has happened. It could be the kids' fault for all we know. There seems to be this prevalent view that it is always a car drivers fault when a cyclist is killed. Even if a driver is at fault, it is still an ACCIDENT. As usual, I'm sure we're going to get the moral superiority competition which always happens on here when there is a tragic ACCIDENT. I see a lot of p!ss poor driving in Oxfordshire on a daily basis. No doubt some of these people come on here regularly to pontificate about road safety and how anyone that crashes into someone has done it maliciously and deliberately, is the scum of the universe and should be hung drawn and quartered. This is tragic and horrible but for goodness sake lets not jump to conclusions before we know the facts of what happened.[/p][/quote]This conversation has no place on here. You should all be ashamed of yourselves. There should be no comment section on this story. DoctorBob
  • Score: -10

5:37pm Sun 13 Apr 14

blogonaut says...

This is an awful tradgedy - all my sympathy is with those affected.

This is a very dangerous junction. Coming from Swindon, there are numerous signs saying "Dual Carriageway Ahead" and this encourages drivers to step on the gas and increase their speed to get past a slow moving vehicle they have been stuck behind since Swindon. From Oxford, the road narrows to single carriageway here after a mile of dual carriageway, and some drivers get caught out, or even increase their speed to get in front of a bus or lorry.

I think this part of the road would be much safer if it was a roundabout junction like at Kingston Bagpuize. A roundabout slows down the traffic, signs that say "Dual Carriageway Ahead" makes the traffic speed up.
This is an awful tradgedy - all my sympathy is with those affected. This is a very dangerous junction. Coming from Swindon, there are numerous signs saying "Dual Carriageway Ahead" and this encourages drivers to step on the gas and increase their speed to get past a slow moving vehicle they have been stuck behind since Swindon. From Oxford, the road narrows to single carriageway here after a mile of dual carriageway, and some drivers get caught out, or even increase their speed to get in front of a bus or lorry. I think this part of the road would be much safer if it was a roundabout junction like at Kingston Bagpuize. A roundabout slows down the traffic, signs that say "Dual Carriageway Ahead" makes the traffic speed up. blogonaut
  • Score: 14

6:52pm Sun 13 Apr 14

Feelingsmatter says...

SRoute wrote:
Please can you not use the word "accident" for this kind of incident? It implies no-one was at fault and the collision was purely down to coincidence. "Oh, there's a dead child!
"That's a shame, but it was an accident"...
Somehow I don't think that's the right attitude to take. Until any police investigation is complete we can't know exactly what happened or who was at fault, but the chances are there was either a lapse of concentration or willful action that has, very sadly in this case, lead to the death of a child. THings like this don't just happen. The word "accident" suggests that they do. I think many people would appreciate it it this article was edited to reflect that,
R.I.P.
I couldn't give a stuff what they call it; the end result is an appalling tragedy which will live in the hearts of this young boy's family and friends for ever. How else can you report something like this? No one knows yet what happened, and to say "incident" implies something much darker. How ridiculous to split hairs when something so horrible has happened. I don't think anyone believes that the word "accident" minimises the impact.
[quote][p][bold]SRoute[/bold] wrote: Please can you not use the word "accident" for this kind of incident? It implies no-one was at fault and the collision was purely down to coincidence. "Oh, there's a dead child! "That's a shame, but it was an accident"... Somehow I don't think that's the right attitude to take. Until any police investigation is complete we can't know exactly what happened or who was at fault, but the chances are there was either a lapse of concentration or willful action that has, very sadly in this case, lead to the death of a child. THings like this don't just happen. The word "accident" suggests that they do. I think many people would appreciate it it this article was edited to reflect that, R.I.P.[/p][/quote]I couldn't give a stuff what they call it; the end result is an appalling tragedy which will live in the hearts of this young boy's family and friends for ever. How else can you report something like this? No one knows yet what happened, and to say "incident" implies something much darker. How ridiculous to split hairs when something so horrible has happened. I don't think anyone believes that the word "accident" minimises the impact. Feelingsmatter
  • Score: 21

7:19pm Sun 13 Apr 14

ddac84 says...

This young boy lived just around the corner from me. From what we have gathered from people who were at the scene and have spoken to police and the family, the boy was attempting to cross the A420 on his push bike and was hit by a car. So it was just a terrible accident. That junction is an absolute nightmare and should be changed into a roundabout or shut completely. There is a footbridge nearby which is generally used by pedestrians but in this case it was not and has resulted in the tragic death of this young boy, my thoughts go out to his family and all those involved. RIP
This young boy lived just around the corner from me. From what we have gathered from people who were at the scene and have spoken to police and the family, the boy was attempting to cross the A420 on his push bike and was hit by a car. So it was just a terrible accident. That junction is an absolute nightmare and should be changed into a roundabout or shut completely. There is a footbridge nearby which is generally used by pedestrians but in this case it was not and has resulted in the tragic death of this young boy, my thoughts go out to his family and all those involved. RIP ddac84
  • Score: 24

11:15pm Sun 13 Apr 14

acidangel says...

He went to my school, he was such a nice guy, i didn't know him well but we spoke a bit, i feel so sad he will be greatly missed, he was doing a cycling race thingy with his friends i think :( so sad R.I.P, I feel awful for his family and what they're going through. I am in such a state of shock. R.I.P Matty
He went to my school, he was such a nice guy, i didn't know him well but we spoke a bit, i feel so sad he will be greatly missed, he was doing a cycling race thingy with his friends i think :( so sad R.I.P, I feel awful for his family and what they're going through. I am in such a state of shock. R.I.P Matty acidangel
  • Score: 10

11:20pm Sun 13 Apr 14

Milkbutnosugarplease says...

The sign 'Dual carriageway ahead' can make reckless drivers speed up but it can also prevent reckless drivers pulling out to overtake a tractor or a truck for example - they know there's a better way to do it coming up. Meanwhile, let's allow the police to study the tyre marks, condition of the car and bicycle before prejudging the event.
The sign 'Dual carriageway ahead' can make reckless drivers speed up but it can also prevent reckless drivers pulling out to overtake a tractor or a truck for example - they know there's a better way to do it coming up. Meanwhile, let's allow the police to study the tyre marks, condition of the car and bicycle before prejudging the event. Milkbutnosugarplease
  • Score: 1

11:45pm Sun 13 Apr 14

bicesterlady says...

I can't believe I am reading this.

The young lad will have family and friends that in their shock, their distress will come reading the news. I doubt they care if the OM report an accident or incident. The bottom line is a young life ended in a flash. He left school to enjoy the Easter Holidays and won't be going back.

Have some respect and compassion and concentrate on what really matter right now.
I can't believe I am reading this. The young lad will have family and friends that in their shock, their distress will come reading the news. I doubt they care if the OM report an accident or incident. The bottom line is a young life ended in a flash. He left school to enjoy the Easter Holidays and won't be going back. Have some respect and compassion and concentrate on what really matter right now. bicesterlady
  • Score: 22

2:58pm Mon 14 Apr 14

King Joke says...

This is much more important than semantics. There is no point hand wringing and saying how awful it all is, if you absolve all parties involved by writing this collision off as an 'accident'. Collisions like this will keep happening if people carry on using the roads as if any mishaps are merely 'accidents' and not what they really are, which is the result of wilful negligence. Cars are potentially lethal, something which too many people have lost sight of.
This is much more important than semantics. There is no point hand wringing and saying how awful it all is, if you absolve all parties involved by writing this collision off as an 'accident'. Collisions like this will keep happening if people carry on using the roads as if any mishaps are merely 'accidents' and not what they really are, which is the result of wilful negligence. Cars are potentially lethal, something which too many people have lost sight of. King Joke
  • Score: -2

11:36am Tue 15 Apr 14

Furyan says...

RIP little man.
RIP little man. Furyan
  • Score: 4

1:14pm Tue 15 Apr 14

paddy173 says...

Could you all please show some respect to the boy's family and have this discussion somewhere else.
RIP
Could you all please show some respect to the boy's family and have this discussion somewhere else. RIP paddy173
  • Score: 10

4:59pm Wed 16 Apr 14

@skippydetour says...

Seems there is general recognition of the " P... poor driving " in this area , most of it brought about by the " Could care less attitude of Selfish/arrogant drivers .

The young lad's demise will have had traumatic effects on his school friends but to most others it will mean nothing , they are not personally involved ! The time is long overdue for the Judiciary to do the Job that they sought ! If they can't handle handing out Penalties to those that indulge in Careless/Dangerous Driving , then QUIT ! Let the Policing Authorities deliver the evidence to the Coroner Court and if it shows that the Driver was partially negligent , for any reason , then FULLSOME Penalty to be imposed .

ALL Drivers had to learn the contents of the Highway Code ? Obtaining a Driver Licence requires a standard to be met , not ONLY THEN , but for the FUTURE ALSO ! Because the DVLA does not retest regularly , a driver SHOULD NOT decide to fail to stay abreast of Changing Laws !

Daily people see Drivers travelling within yards of each other , not just at 5mph at the lights , but at 70MPH on the Motorways ALSO ! Who is going to be able to avoid a collision due to a Traffic Incident ahead ? In the Council Estates , where kiddies can be found on the roadway , not only residents will be found out of control at the wheel , but also tradespeople and visitors . Even at 20mph a driver is in danger of collision , when reaching down for an item , or Text/driving !

Take a look at :

https://www.facebook
.com/groups/StopKill
ingCyclists
https://www.facebook
.com/pages/Vision-ZE
RO-Worldwide/5401236
32761709
https://www.facebook
.com/LookSaveALifeAr
izona

They all repaet the same story , Drivers NOT HELD TO ACCOUNT for reckless behaviour at the wheel ! A Judiciary NOT QUALIFIED to assess the Pain & Suffering brought about DAILY on UK Roads !
Seems there is general recognition of the " P... poor driving " in this area , most of it brought about by the " Could care less attitude of Selfish/arrogant drivers . The young lad's demise will have had traumatic effects on his school friends but to most others it will mean nothing , they are not personally involved ! The time is long overdue for the Judiciary to do the Job that they sought ! If they can't handle handing out Penalties to those that indulge in Careless/Dangerous Driving , then QUIT ! Let the Policing Authorities deliver the evidence to the Coroner Court and if it shows that the Driver was partially negligent , for any reason , then FULLSOME Penalty to be imposed . ALL Drivers had to learn the contents of the Highway Code ? Obtaining a Driver Licence requires a standard to be met , not ONLY THEN , but for the FUTURE ALSO ! Because the DVLA does not retest regularly , a driver SHOULD NOT decide to fail to stay abreast of Changing Laws ! Daily people see Drivers travelling within yards of each other , not just at 5mph at the lights , but at 70MPH on the Motorways ALSO ! Who is going to be able to avoid a collision due to a Traffic Incident ahead ? In the Council Estates , where kiddies can be found on the roadway , not only residents will be found out of control at the wheel , but also tradespeople and visitors . Even at 20mph a driver is in danger of collision , when reaching down for an item , or Text/driving ! Take a look at : https://www.facebook .com/groups/StopKill ingCyclists https://www.facebook .com/pages/Vision-ZE RO-Worldwide/5401236 32761709 https://www.facebook .com/LookSaveALifeAr izona They all repaet the same story , Drivers NOT HELD TO ACCOUNT for reckless behaviour at the wheel ! A Judiciary NOT QUALIFIED to assess the Pain & Suffering brought about DAILY on UK Roads ! @skippydetour
  • Score: -4

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