SEARCH UN­DER WAY TO FIND HIT AND RUN DRIVER

15-YEAR-OLD’S SHOUL­DER BRO­KEN WHEN VAN BUMPED KERB AT BUS STOP

Uxbridge Gazette - - Front Page - By VICKY MUNRO vicky.munro@reach­plc.com @vick­y_aFm

AN UXBRIDGE mum is search­ing for the driver that struck her daugh­ter in a hit-an­drun.

El­lie Mc­Carthy, 15, was at Pield Heath Road bus stop with four friends on Wed­nes­day Oc­to­ber 10 when a van drove past and hit her hard enough to break her shoul­der and snap off the wing mir­ror.

Mum Hayleigh White has started a so­cial me­dia cam­paign to find the cul­prit as she feels the po­lice are not do­ing enough.

She said: “It’s ab­so­lutely shock­ing, my daugh­ter walked her friend to the bus stop and they were wait­ing there with three other chil­dren when some­one drove by so fast that they bumped up the kerb and hit my daugh­ter.

“He hit her so hard that his wing mir­ror snapped off and I still have it at my home. I just can­not un­der­stand how some­one could hit a child with that much force and not stop to see if they are all right.

Hayleigh has kept the bro­ken-off wing mir­ror in case the driver wants to come and col­lect it

“My daugh­ter has a bro­ken shoul­der and tis­sue dam­age in her neck and arm and ob­vi­ously is ex­tremely dis­tressed too. The hos­pi­tal gave her painkillers but she hasn’t slept be­cause she’s in too much pain to lie down.

“I have four sons, one of them just started high school. Ob­vi­ously ev­ery time they step out the door you are wor­ried but this just in­creases that.

“We only have a ze­bra cross­ing and ide­ally I would like us to get traf­fic lights. We had an­other in­ci­dent re­cently where three chil­dren were killed on the path, peo­ple need to slow down.”

Hayleigh pub­li­cised the in­ci­dent on Face­book, in a post that has been shared over 1,200 times, in the hopes some­one will spot the van in the area.

“El­lie is my only daugh­ter so she’s very pre­cious to me. I would like to think they did not mean to do it but surely, when they got fur­ther down the road, they would have re­alised their mir­ror was miss­ing and they should have turned around.

“I want this per­son to recog­nise that they’ve in­jured a child and come for­ward so they can ex­plain to me why they didn’t stop.”

“So far, I have had to do the po­lice’s work for them and I am se­verely dis­ap­pointed. They never even turned up the night it hap­pened, al­though they later apol­o­gised to me at the sta­tion for that.

“They’ve asked me to try to get the reg­is­tra­tion num­ber but I don’t think that’s my job when I should be at home look­ing after my child. In­stead I’ve been go­ing to lo­cal busi­nesses try­ing to get the CCTV footage.

“I’m wor­ried that soon the driver could get their wing mir­ror fixed or hit some­one else and kill them. If it had been even an­other inch to the side, my daugh­ter could have died.

“It shouldn’t be too hard for some­one to spot as it’s quite a dis­tinc­tive van.”

A Met Po­lice spokesman said: “At ap­prox­i­mately 7.45pm on Wed­nes­day [Oc­to­ber 10] po­lice re­ceived a re­port that a 15-year-old girl re­ceived an arm in­jury fol­low­ing a road traf­fic col­li­sion in Pield Heath Road, Uxbridge.

“The ve­hi­cle in­volved did not stop at the scene and no ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion was ob­tained.

“The caller de­clined LAS at­ten­dance and was ad­vised to re­port the mat­ter on­line.

“A re­port into the in­ci­dent has been com­pleted and of­fi­cers from the West Area Com­mand Unit are in­ves­ti­gat­ing.”

IM­AGE: HAYLEIGH WHITE

Hayleigh White with her daugh­ter El­lie Mc­Carthy, 15, who was hit by a van as she stood at a bus stop

An X-ray show­ing El­lie’s in­jury

The snapped-off wing mir­ror from the van

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