Connah's Quay woman recalls horror after son hit by car

Published date: 07 April 2014 |
Published by: Jamie Nield-Siddall and Romilly Scragg
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A MOTHER has spoken of the horrifying moment she found out her nine-year-old son had been hit by a car.

Claire Louise Boden was in her back garden when she heard a neighbour shouting her name, just moments after son Zaine Boden-Nevitt had been knocked down in the street.

The youngster suffered a small bleed to the brain, a fractured skull and his right leg, which is now in a frame, was broken in two places.

Claire, 34, said she instantly knew what had happened before being told.

She said it was like a re-enactment of her brother Dean Boden’s death.

He died aged 33 shortly after his motorbike was involved in an accident in Oakenholt 10 years ago.

Claire was the first to learn her brother had been badly injured and she had to run up the street to tell the rest of the family what had happened.

She said when she received the news her son had been involved in an accident last week, she felt she was reliving that moment.

Zaine, who attends Wepre Park Primary School, was playing at best friend Connor Dodd’s house on Llwyni Drive, Connah’s Quay, when he was in hit by a car shortly before 4pm last Monday.

A neighbour went to get Claire, of Ffordd Cae Uwin, and drove her to where her son was lying in the road.

Claire was hysterical after being told what had happened – saying she was screaming in the car until she arrived at the scene.

She said: “I saw a bus parked on one side of the road and Zaine on the other with his head on the pavement and his body on the road.

“I could see he was awake and trying to sit up and people telling him to stay still. I wanted to keep him awake.

“I saw blood at the back of his head and I knew there was something wrong with his leg.

“I was just telling him to look at me.”

Connor’s mum Jane Dodd, who was caring for Zaine at the time of the collision, described the terrifying moment she saw the youngster lying in the road.

Jane, 40, said: “I was in the kitchen and they were both in the back garden playing on the trampoline.

“They heard the school bus coming and Zaine’s older brother Kien usually gets off the bus.

“They went out to look and as they ran up the drive Zaine stumbled into the road and a car has come around the bus and he has collided with the car.

Jane, who has a six-year-old daughter Kiera, said: “It was absolutely horrendous.

“I heard a bang. I didn’t think for one minute it was anything to do with the two boys. I ran out through the front door and I saw Zaine lying on the floor.

“I was so shocked, he was in my care.

“There was a lot of blood on his head and his leg was completely twisted. It was so traumatic. He was so, so brave.”

Jane said Claire lay in the road with Zaine while they waited for an ambulance.

“I went and got them pillows,” she said, adding Connor was hysterical after seeing his best friend hit by a car.

Keen footballer Zaine, who plays for Deeside Phoenix FC, is in Alder Hey Hospital after the collision but is said to be doing well.

Claire said late last week Zaine had been battling with his emotion, adding “the realisation is kicking in”.

She said last Monday, following the collision, Zaine was in a bad way.

“I’ve never seen him in so much pain – a whole new level,” she added.

Claire has been at her son’s bedside along with her partner and Zaine’s dad Christian Nevitt, and son 13-year-old Kien.

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