Hit-and-run teen is dis­gusted by sus­pects

Roisin Walker denies that she is a hero for her ac­tions in try­ing to save her friend

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Liz Ley­don

The 14-year-old vic­tim of a gang­land re­lated hit-and-run denies that she is a hero, and is dis­gusted by the ac­tions of the at­tempted mur­der sus­pects.

Roisin Walker, who is recovering well from surgery fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent on Satur­day, March 24, that left her with a bro­ken neck, re­mem­bers lit­tle af­ter the im­pact of the car, which then re­versed over her.

Once she was up and walk­ing af­ter surgery. po­lice told her she shoved a friend out of the way mo­ments be­fore the car hit her plus her close pal, 14, a girl of 12 and two boys aged 12 and 13.

Her mum Tr­isha McGoni­gal said: “They said, ‘Your wee lassie is a hero.’”

Roisin sees things dif­fer­ently: “I’m glad my friend didn’t get hit be­cause she’s smaller than me — she might not have got through it.”

She has gone into town that day to buy sun­glasses that day of the in­ci­dent and her rec­ol­lec­tion af­ter com­ing to is hazy.

She said: “I was so con­fused. I had a sore neck and arm and my knee was bleed­ing.

“Two shop­work­ers helped me on to a crate and stopped me mov­ing. The worker said I’d been hit by a car and it had driven away.

“I was telling ev­ery­one not to call my mum be­cause I didn’t want her to worry.”

Roisin, a stu­dent at St Mar­garet Mary’s Se­condary, was put in a neck brace be­fore be­ing taken by am­bu­lance to hospi­tal. Ini­tially she was more con­cerned about the paramedics cut­ting off her clothes than her in­juries from the in­ci­dent on Castlemilk’s Stra­vanan Road.

X-rays re­vealed the teen “prob­a­bly” had a bro­ken neck.

Tr­isha said: “I didn’t want her freaked out, so I asked them to say prob­a­bly.”

Roisin was placed in a body mould to make her com­pletely im­mo­bile for her jour­ney to the Queen El­iz­a­beth Univer­sity Hospi­tal in Glas­gow.

Doc­tors de­cided the best way to op­er­ate on her was to go in be­low her Adam’s ap­ple, Two days af­ter the surgery, she was able to raise her head and on Easter Sun­day, she was able to walk again af­ter a week of be­ing im­mo­bile and is eat­ing liq­uids such as soup.

The driver of the Sil­ver Vaux­hall As­tra and his pas­sen­ger are still at large.

Roisin called the driver re­spon­si­ble “dis­gust­ing” as po­lice con­tinue their hunt for him and a pas­sen­ger.

She said: “It was selfish they’d rather make sure they were OK than kids they had knocked down.

“Run­ning away made it worse for them­selves — though maybe they shouldn’t try to run folk down in the first place.

“How­ever, I re­alise it could have been so much worse.”

Po­lice are treat­ing the in­ci­dent as at­tempted mur­der. The car was later found burnt out in Car­munock.

Billy Dearie, be­lieved to be the in­tended tar­get of the hi­tand-run, was clipped by the car as he crossed the road.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should con­tact CID of­fi­cers at Cath­cart Po­lice Sta­tion via 101, quot­ing ref­er­ence num­ber 2777 of March 24. Al­ter­na­tively, please call Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111 where in­for­ma­tion can be given anony­mously.

A gofundme page called jus­tice for roisin has so far raised more than £1000.

Roisin Walker is back on her feet but dis­gusted that sus­pects have not come for­ward

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