Lincoln lollipop man injured in hit-and-run fears closure of his crossing
A school crossing patrol is at risk of being removed after a lollipop man was injured in a hit and run in Lincoln.
Dave Ellis, 41, broke his right thumb after a car struck the post of his lollipop sign and knocked it from his grasp.
He helps pupils from Monks Abbey Primary School cross Milman Road, off Monks Road, Lincoln, where the collision happened.
It has been revealed that there have been ten similar incidents between the crossing and one in Monks Road since September last year.
And it is now feared that the Milman Road patrol could be withdrawn.
"No kids got hurt so that's the main thing," said Mr Ellis, of Dorset Street.
"I'm hoping to be back at work soon and as far as I'm concerned this incident will not stop me doing my job.
"I hope they don't get rid of the patrol at this spot.
"The children depend on it and I would not want my children to try to get across without a patrol."
Parents are also in support of keeping the patrol.
"It wouldn't be nice if the patrol was removed because it's not safe getting across the road," said Hayley Scott, 28, who has one child and three step-children and lives on the Tower estate.
And mum-of-three Sharon Denford, 29, of Monks Road, said: "I asked about getting a camera ages ago because some people even ignore the pedestrian crossing.
"People need to realise they're driving past a school."
But John Siddle, spokesman for Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, said if drivers don't take more care, the patrol could be lost.
"If things don't improve and drivers don't respect patrollers then we may have to consider the removal of the school crossing patrol in Milman Road," he said.
"No one wants that. We recognise that it is also dangerous for the Monks Road patroller as well.
"We have had about ten incidents between these two crossing patrol locations since September last year.
"For the whole county last year there were 25 incidents.
"We need people to come forward after this latest incident and say to the police, 'Yes, I saw that car'.
"Mr Ellis clearly needs the support of the community.
"We need to make sure he's safe in his place of work and we have a duty of care to him."
The use of cameras to catch motorists who break the law is also being considered.
Anyone with information about the incident, which happened at about 3.30pm on May 17, should call Lincolnshire police on 101.