Warning after woman ‘clipped’ by car in Dungiven

Sinn Fein MLA Cathal O'hOisin (1006sj43)
Sinn Fein MLA Cathal O'hOisin (1006sj43)

There have been calls for drivers to slow down outside schools in Dungiven after a local mum claims she was ‘clipped’ by a car while picking up her children.

Speaking to the ‘Journal’, the woman, who preferred not to be named, said the incident on Wednesday on the Curragh Road had left her “shocked and shaken”. The woman said she was crossing the Curragh Road just after 3pm on Wednesday with her two children and her friend’s child. She said she had her arm across her body when a silver-coloured car she believes was driven by a female clipped her arm. She said the car was “flying”.

“There was a bang and I thought she would have stopped because of the noise of the bang, but she drove on,” she said, adding that luckily the children were ahead of her, on the footpath at the time. The woman said action is needed to slow traffic down before someone is seriously injured, or worse.

Sinn Féin MLA Cathal O’hOisin said he and Colr. Sean McGlinchey have raised concerns about the traffic outside the schools and would raise the issue at the next regional development committee at Stormont.

A spokesperson for the Department for Regional Development previously told the ‘Journal’ TransportNI met with education representatives, but “following an assessment it was found the location did not meet the criteria for the provision of a controlled crossing.”