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Hit-and-run driver left 9-year-old by roadside in Burnley
2:00pm Tuesday 7th August 2012 in Crime news
A HIT-AND-RUN driver is being hunted by police in Burnley after leaving a collision which left a nine-year-old child requiring hospital treatment.
The male driver of a black Seat collided with two children who were on a pushbike in Venice Street.
After getting out of his vehicle to inspect the damage, he drove off without helping the injured youngsters.
One of the children suffered only cuts and bruises but the other had to go to hospital with a nasty leg injury that requires a further X-ray.
Councillor Marcus Johnstone, who represents the Rosegrove with Lowerhouse ward, said it was ‘terrible’ that the driver had sped off without helping. He said: “Not stopping when you hit a child really is the lowest of the low.
“We mustn’t shrug this incident off.”
He added: “I would remind all drivers, especially during the school holidays, to stick to the 20mph limits in residential areas where they are in place.”
Police are appealing for witnesses following the incident, which happened on July 26 at around 2.30pm. PC Mark Darlington, from Burnley police, said: “I would appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward and contact the police.
“We need to trace the driver of the vehicle and we would appeal to him to get in touch so this matter can be resolved.
“Fortunately the children have not been seriously injured but it has been a traumatic experience for them.
He added: “One will need to return to A&E for an X-ray and both are being cared for by family.”
Anyone with information should call PC Darlington at the Road Policing Unit on 01772 410465, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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