Toddler hurt in hit and run

A SHOCKED mother has told how her toddler son was left bruised and concussed after a suspected drink driver mounted the pavement and clipped her buggy before driving off.

Laurence Cawley

A SHOCKED mother has told how her toddler son was left bruised and concussed after a suspected drink driver mounted the pavement and clipped her buggy before driving off.

Caspar Neal was just falling off to sleep in his pushchair when the accident happened last Wednesday in Granby Street, Newmarket.

The 19-month-old and his mother Kirsty were returning home from late night shopping in the town and were walking along the thin pavement in Granby Street when Ms Neal saw a car swerving about in the road.


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The vehicle - a K-registered silver VW Polo - then mounted the pavement and clipped the buggy, sending Caspar and the pushchair flying towards concrete slabs surrounding a gate.

After the incident Caspar began suffering nose bleeds and was taken into accident and emergency where doctors found he was concussed.

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Apart from the bruises, Ms Neal said Caspar had now largely recovered from his ordeal.

She has called on the driver responsible to come forward.

“It is disgusting,” she said. “After it happened I just stood there, I was expecting them to stop. Whoever did this should come forward and take responsibility for it. He was lucky it was not far more serious. It was an accident and I would have thought the driver would have realized that.

“The driver was all over the road. I saw the come coming towards us and it did not look right.”

Ms Neal rushed to a friend's house nearby to call the emergency services to the scene.

The incident in Newmarket came just hours after a separate hit and run happened in The Park, Great Barton, near Bury St Edmunds.

Detectives said both victims were lucky to have been left with only minor injuries and appealed for witnesses to either of the accidents to come forward.

A police spokesman: “The child's buggy overturned and he is lucky to have only received a bump to the head, his mother was not hurt but was extremely shaken by the incident.”

Speaking about the Great Barton incident, which happened last Wednesday at 1.20pm, the police spokeswoman said: “A red BMW driven by a blonde female was in collision with a man who suffered bruising.

“The car stopped momentarily then left the scene. A member of the public helped the man at the scene and police want to trace this person as they may have important information which may assist the inquiry.”

The spokesman stressed: "Both victims are fortunate that they were not more seriously injured in these collisions. We would like to thank the people who came to the aid of both victims and helped them immediately after the collisions.”

Anyone with information about either incident or the drivers or vehicles involved should call police on 01284 774100 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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