Teen trau­ma­tised by hit and run

Po­lice search for driver

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Clemen­tine

TEENAGER Hanna Jones faces a year of phys­io­ther­apy af­ter be­ing mowed down by a hit and run driver in West Dray­ton, her dev­as­tated mum has told the Gazette.

Michelle Jones spoke about the ‘trauma’ caused to her fam­ily af­ter her 14-year-old daugh­ter was thrown into the air by a sil­ver hatch­back in Wise Lane on Novem­ber 27 last year.

Po­lice con­firmed this week there have been no ar­rests and the search goes on to find the self­ish driver who put their own wel­fare be­fore that of a young girl they in­jured.

Michelle said: “I was at home, about to get in the bath, when Hanna’s boyfriend tried to knock through the door shout­ing that Hanna had been run over.

“My el­dest daugh­ter ran out with him to see where she was. I threw some clothes on and ran round the streets to find her.

“Luck­ily, one of my neigh­bours took me in the car and drove round look­ing for her.”

Hanna had just got off a U3 bus on Wise Lane and went to cross the road when the car hit her, trav­el­ling west­bound, and then sped off in an un­known di­rec­tion.

Michelle con­tin­ued: “We found her in the bus stop. I got out and saw she’d lost con­scious­ness and she couldn’t re­mem­ber a thing – what day it was, what time it was – noth­ing.

“Two strangers rushed over to help and shortly af­ter po­lice and the am­bu­lance ar­rived to take Hanna to Hilling­don Hos­pi­tal, where she stayed for a week.”

Hanna had an op­er­a­tion for a bro­ken hip and was treated for a bro­ken shoul­der and will have to un­dergo a year of phys­io­ther­apy.

Her mother said: “There wasn’t hardly any of her skin that wasn’t cov­ered in bruises. I’ve never seen so many bruises on such a tiny body. She has her down days and quiet days, she gets frus­trated with her­self.

“She’s said a few times she wished she’d have died but that’s a nat­u­ral re­ac­tion be­cause nor­mally she’s out with her friends and she’s quite ac­tive, so to be laid up in bed in one room is trau­matic for her.

“She’s on painkillers left right and cen­tre and I’m hav­ing to in­ject her ev­ery day. It’s hard for her and she’s got all th­ese dif­fer­ent peo­ple in and out of her life like sur­geons, doc­tors and ther­a­pists – ev­ery­thing is just tak­ing it’s toll on her.”

Ms Jones hopes the in­ci­dent won’t be for­got­ten and that some­one will come for­ward with in­for­ma­tion, af­ter the great im­pact it has had on her fam­ily.

She said: “When it hap­pened I just did what I had to do, now she’s home she’s get­ting bet­ter it dawns on you what could have hap­pened. It could have killed her and we could have had a very dif­fer­ent Christ­mas.”

Hanna, who is in Year 10 at Stock­ley Acad­emy, is wor­ried for her ed­u­ca­tion and her mother says the ef­fects will con­tinue into the fu­ture.

She added: “It’s not just when the bones have healed it’s the psy­cho­log­i­cal dam­age and the ef­fect on her mind.

“She doesn’t want to go out when she’s usu­ally an out­doorsy per­son. She’s scared of roads and cars, she usu­ally gets the bus to school and she’s scared of buses now.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion on this in­ci­dent is asked to call the Uxbridge South Neigh­bour­hoods Polic­ing Team on 07717733882 or call Crimes­top­pers on 0800 555111.

n IN­JURED: Hit and run vic­tim Hanna Jones

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