A boy survived an horrific accident yards from his home.

Relatives of three-year-old Harry Brooke feared that he was dead when he was flung several metres across the road after running into the path of a car.

Paramedics flew the youngster to Leeds General Infirmary in the Yorkshire Air Ambulance but, amazingly, he had no serious injuries.

Now his mum and others are campaigning for speed calming measures on a busy village road.

Jessica Brooke, 25, was at her parents house in Thunderbridge when Harry ran out of the driveway and into the road.

The tot was struck by a passing car and flung several metres down Thunderbridge Lane, close to the Woodman Inn.

Jessica said the whole family witnessed the horrific accident and feared the worst.

“We thought he was dead,” she said.

“I was putting my daughter in the car and he ran out.

“We turned our backs for a second.

“He was knocked unconscious and we were shouting ‘he’s dead’

“He was unconscious for a few minutes but he came round when we got him inside.”

Harry was flown to Leeds General Infirmary by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance following the horror incident on July 7, but the toddler amazingly had no serious injuries.

Three weeks on and the three-year-old is recovering well.

Jessica and her family have now vowed to raise £10,000 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and have urged Kirklees to think again, after it twice turned down pleas by villagers to reduce the 30mph limit.

Harry Brooke-Matthews, 3, who was hit by a car outside The Woodman Inn at Thunderbridge - with mum Jessica, Kerry Garner of Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Woodman General Manger Chris McHugh.
Harry Brooke-Matthews, 3, who was hit by a car outside The Woodman Inn at Thunderbridge - with mum Jessica, Kerry Garner of Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Woodman General Manger Chris McHugh.
 

The Examiner understands the owner of the Woodman Inn, Craig Leslie, son of Huddersfield millionaire Graham Leslie, has even offered to pay for speed bumps, but was turned down.

Jessica and managers from the pub are now planning a charity day, possibly in September, to raise funds for the helicopter heroes who whisked her and her son to hospital.

“We’re very very lucky,” said Jessica

“The woman driving wasn’t speeding; but if she had been he would have died apparently.

“His injuries were superficial but at the time we thought he was dead.

“He’s lucky that nothing was broken and he’s got no brain damage, considering how far he went from where he was hit to where he landed.

“There was a dent in the car and we feared the worst.

“We’re so thankful to everybody, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, the people from the Woodman that came out to help and the passers-by that stopped.

“The lady driver in the car was very distraught and she said she would never drive again.

“I’ve contacted her to let her know that Harry is doing well.

“It wasn’t her fault. It wasn’t anybody’s fault.

“In the end it wasn’t as serious as it could have been but I feel like it’s something I need to do.”

Chris McHugh, manager of the Woodman Inn, said they had appealed to Kirklees for a 20mph zone and speed humps but were told there had not been enough accidents in the past to justify any.

“The sheer speed that people drive down here is frightening,” he said.

A Kirklees Council Highways spokeswoman said: “We do not yet know the full details but we understand that speed was not a factor and this is already a 30mph area. The last recorded accident was in 2010.

“Once we have full information on the incident the council will decide whether further safety measures are likely to be of benefit.”

The fundraiser featuring a YAA stall, a barbecue, a raffle, and a fashion show will be held on a date yet to be fixed.

Prizes have already been donated by local beauty salons, restaurants and Huddersfield town football club.

Jessica is still appealing for prize donations and anyone who wants to get involved with stalls or other support to contact her via jessabigail@gmail.com