Westgate teenager Tamzin undergoes operation after being struck by van at Westwood

Tamzin was taken by air ambulance to King's College Hospital

A teenage girl who was struck by a van at Westwood yesterday (February 13) has undergone a four hour operation on her ankle.

Fourteen-year-old Tamzin Moor, from Westgate, was taken to QEQM following the incident in Margate Road yesterday afternoon and from there flown to King’s College Hospital in London.

Mum Marie said she expected Tamzin to be in King’s until Friday but was grateful for the help given by two people who were at the scene.

She said: “Tamzin had major trauma to her ankle. She had big open wound and required plates and bolts as the bone was sticking out. I think we will be at Kings until at least Friday.

“I didn’t get to thank the lovely lady and gentleman who helped her at the roadside before ambulance arrived.  They were brilliant, and I can’t thank them enough for being with her and supporting her. “

Marie said King Ethelbert student Tamzin is a ‘fighter’ but recovery would be tough.

She added: “It’s going to be a long recovery (but) we’re thankful she’s here with us.”

Police appeal

Kent Police is appealing for witnesses to the incident.

The collision, which involved a white Renault Traffic van, was reported at 2.05pm and took place on the Margate Road, between the roundabouts for Ramsgate Road and Westwood Road.

The van was travelling from the direction of Broadstairs, towards Ramsgate, in the moments leading up to the incident and a 40-year-old man, from the Margate area, was arrested in connection with the incident.

He has since been released pending further enquiries.

Officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit are keen to speak with anyone with information who is yet to make contact with police. They would be particularly interested in receiving dash cam footage.

Anyone with information is asked to call Kent Police on 01622 798538 quoting reference HW/SM/023/18.

Alternatively email [email protected].