Rossendale boy, 12, suffered serious injuries in go-kart crash



First published in Crawshawbooth Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Crime reporter

A YOUNG motorsport enthusiast has suffered serious injuries after crashing a go-kart into a wall in East Lancashire.

Lewis Hanley, 12, has ‘severe abdominal’ injuries but is now out of intensive care, after the accident on Friday.

He is being treated at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital after being transferred from Royal Blackburn Hospital.

His parents, Ian Hanley and Julie Howarth are at his bedside.

Stephen Howarth, president of Rossendale Valley Juniors, who he plays football for, said: “Lewis’ parents said he had lost control of the go-kart and smashed into the wall. He suffered severe abdominal injuries.

“Everybody at Rossendale Valley JFC is wishing him well and hoping he will make a full recovery.

“Lewis is our top goal scorer, he is a really polite and well mannered youngster. It is so sad this has happened.”

The Year 8 Alder Grange Community Technology School, Rawtenstall, pupil is also a member of Vale Motocross Club and lives in Crawshawbooth.

He has a brother Liam and sister Becki.

Alder Grange head David Hanson said: “Lewis is a very popular student and a hard working young man and everybody at the school is deeply saddened to learn about his accident.

“We have been in contact with his mum Julie who has told us he has been moved out of intensive care and is through the worse of it.

“All of his friends are upset he has been hurt and we wish him a very speedy recovery.”

Lewis is also know as ‘Gozzer’ by his friends who have been leaving ‘get well’ wishes online.

His dad Ian has kept in touch will well wishers via Facebook. He said: “Thanks for all your posts. Lewis doin really good, out of intensive care.”

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