WATCH: Reckless Pram dash mum ‘saved by height’ in terrifying lorry near miss
This is the nail-biting moment a reckless mum dashed into oncoming traffic while pushing her baby in a pram – missing a lorry by inches.
Horrified lorry driver Stef Alderson, 27, said he was forced to slam on his breaks to avoid hitting the absent-minded pedestrian as he moved off from traffic lights in Oxford last month.
Stef, from Lincolnshire, is convinced if the woman had been just a few inches shorter – and therefore obscured from his vision by the cab of his lorry – she and her child would both have been killed.
He has now released shocking dashcam footage of the incident and said he was stunned to realise there was a safe pedestrian crossing less than two metres away.
Stef said: “She came right out of my blind spot and I only managed to see her because I spotted the top of her head in time.
“Luckily she was as tall as she was. If she had been just a couple of inches shorter then I wouldn’t have seen her and I definitely would have hit her.
“I didn’t see that she had a pram at first either. I couldn’t see the child.
“She just pushed her child out into the road.
“I slammed the breaks on as fast as I could as she ran across the road.
“I’d just been waiting at the red light. The roads were quite quiet. I checked my mirrors and then out of nowhere she appeared across the road.
“All to save a couple of seconds instead of walking up to the crossing.”
In the video, the pram pusher does not even appear to bat an eyelid at having avoided such a close near miss when she miraculously reaches the safety of the pavement.
Stef said he was stunned to see someone apparently choose to risk a child’s life for the matter of saving a few seconds rather than use a designated pedestrian crossing.
And he claims if the woman had been of shorter in stature there could have been a deadly collision.
Stef, who did not report the incident to the police, said: “When she got to the other side of the road there was no acknowledgement at all, she didn’t look round at me or put her hands up or react to what had just happened.
“I’m out on the roads every day so I see stuff all the time, but I’ve never been in an accident.
“That’s the closest I’ve ever come to causing harm to someone on the roads.
“If she had just been that bit shorter she would have been killed.
“People should just take their time crossing the road and use the proper crossings – especially if they are with children.
“It’s not worth it for just a matter of saving a couple of seconds.”