Leyland mum urges hit-and-run driver to "come forward" after son, 12, is knocked down near train station

A Leyland mum is urging a hit-and-run driver to "do the right thing" and speak to police after her 12-year-old son was knocked down on Thursday (March 18).

Friday, 19th March 2021, 11:27 am
Updated Friday, 19th March 2021, 3:55 pm

Samantha Thompson's son was struck at the mini-roundabout next to the train station, between Station Brow and Moss Lane, at 7.45pm last night (Thursday, March 18).

The driver of the car - which is believed to be a black Ford - reportedly drove away without stopping, leaving the boy injured in the road.

The 12-year-old suffered leg and abdomen injuries and was taken to Royal Preston Hospital for treatment.

The boy was struck at the mini-roundabout next to Leyland train station, between Station Brow and Moss Lane, at 7.45pm last night (Thursday, March 18). Pic: Google

He has since been discharged and is continuing his recovery at home.

Police are investigating and reviewing CCTV in the area, but Samantha says the driver should "do the right thing" and "come forward".

She said: "It was so scary, the thought that someone could do that to a child. I just can't believe someone would not stop to check on my son.

"He could have been dead for all that driver knew?

"He is only 12-years-old and he's so upset and confused by it all. He doesn't understand why anyone would just leave him in the road like that.

"He's going to be OK, but he's very sore all over and the staff at the hospital said he is very lucky not to be seriously injured.

"I think the driver should do the right thing and come forward."

Lancashire Police say enquiries are underway to identify the driver and the force is asking anyone with information to get in touch.

A police spokesman said: "We were called last night (March 18) to a report that a 12-year-old boy had been injured in a fail-to-stop collision in Leyland.

"The boy reported that he was riding his bike on Station Brow, near to the roundabout, at around 7.45pm yesterday when he was struck by an unknown vehicle.

"The driver of that vehicle, thought to be a black Ford, was reported to have left the scene without stopping.

"The boy, who is from Leyland, was taken to hospital to be treated for leg and abdomen injuries. He has since been discharged.

"Enquiries are ongoing to identify the driver and vehicle involved."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting log 1512, of March 18, 2021.