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Bike crash fury

PUBLISHED: 09:50 19 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:03 05 July 2010

A MOTHER has blasted the hit and run driver who ploughed into her 10-year-old daughter as she tried to cross the road on her bicycle.

India Smith escaped serious injuries when a female motorist ignored the pedestrian lights between Bloodmoor and Stradbroke Road in Pakefield, wrapping the little girl's bike under the wheels of her car.

A MOTHER has blasted the hit and run driver who ploughed into her 10-year-old daughter as she tried to cross the road on her bicycle.

India Smith escaped serious injuries when a female motorist ignored the pedestrian lights between Bloodmoor and Stradbroke Road in Pakefield, wrapping the little girl's bike under the wheels of her car.

But instead of stopping to check if she was unharmed, the woman, thought to be in a silver Mercedes or Audi, reversed back over her bike and drove off.

India's mother Lesley Bartley said the accident has left her daughter too frightened to ride her bike again, through fear of a repeat incident.

“I'm really furious that somebody could have driven off,” said Mrs Bartley.

“She hasn't crossed that road and ridden her bike since and I don't know when she will be comfortable enough to do so. I think it's the notion of 'it's my right of way to cross, but will anyone notice me?'”

The accident occurred about 1pm on Sunday, November 16, when India decided to ride her bike back home to Wellington Road from her grandparent's house.

“India's bike was actually at my mother's in Wharfdale, but she decided she wanted to take it home so I said I would follow her in the car a couple of minutes behind,” said Mrs Bartley.

“I always say to her that she must make sure the lights have changed to green before she crosses and that the cars have stopped.

“She had to cross the road from the Bloodmoor estate to Stradbroke Road and there were two lanes of traffic either side of her. She pressed the green button and waited till the lights were in her favour. The cars coming off the roundabout could see her and completely stopped, so she rode her bike slowly across.

“I know it's a very busy roundabout and I could almost forgive people for not seeing her, but this woman was coming down the road from the Morrison's end, she wasn't even near the roundabout.”

The car hit the front of India's bike and miraculously she managed to jump off.

“Perhaps the woman felt she couldn't stop. I must admit there isn't a lot of damage to the bike, but India had to remove the front of it from under the car and the woman had to reverse a bit to get it out and then drove straight off.

“One woman, who was a passenger in another car, got out and walked India back to my mother's, she was furious by what she'd seen.

“Had she bothered to have stopped and brought her back to me, that probably would have been fine and I wouldn't have held anything against her, but I didn't like the idea that she just left her and I want her to feel guilty for what she did.”

Mrs Bartley said she believed that crossing was an accident waiting to happen as cars are coming from all directions.

“My main concern is that India was ok. She was really shaken, she was thought she had done something wrong, but she hadn't at all.”

A spokesman for Suffolk Police said they wanted to renew their appeal for the driver to come forward.

“It is an offence not to stop at the scene of a road traffic accident especially if there was damage caused or any injuries.

“It could have been a lot worse and so although we have got witnesses we would urge anyone else who saw it to come forward, as well as the driver.”

If you have any information, telephone Lowestoft police on 01986 835300 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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