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Hit-and-run driver left me crawling in the road
A TEENAGER has told how she was forced to drag herself to safety after she was left lying in the road by a callous hit-and-run driver.
Amy Swanson crawled to the kerb and had to call for help herself after the motorist calmly drove away after hitting knocking her over, and breaking one of her kneecaps.
The teen, who is on crutches, will now miss out on a holiday to celebrate her 16th birthday, as a result of her injuries.
Speaking to the Echo while she laid up at home, Amy said: “I had looked left and right and as I crossed the road the car just came from nowhere and hit me.”
The dazed 15-year-old began crawling to the kerb as the man driving the car got out and walked over to her.
He even asked her if she was all right, but then walked back to his car.
Amy, who has just finished her GCSEs at James Hornsby High Schoool, said: “As I reached for my mobile phone, he started walking.
“I thought he was going to get help, but the engine of his car started and he drove away.
“I was really shocked. I dragged myself to the kerb and managed to call my friend, boyfriend and my mum.”
Amy had been visiting a friend at around 4.30pm on Saturday, June 16.
She was walking back to her home in The Nave, Laindon when she was hit by the car as she crossed Cumberland Drive, outside Merrylands School.
Amy’s mum Sarah, 33, who raced to the scene of the incident with her dad Mark, 37, said she was fuming at the driver’s actions.
She said: “How can anyone hit a child and just drive away?
“It’s just awful. I know Amy is lucky to be alive, it could have been a lot worse.
“But I’m so angry that someone could just walk away.”
Now laid up laid up and nursing her kneecap injury, Amy is awaiting a scan to assess whether she suffered ligament damage as a result of the collision.
As well as missing out on her birthday holiday to Gran Canaria, Amy will also be forced to attend her school prom on crutches and will be unable to wear her new glamorous heels or dance with her pals.
Police are still trying to trace the driver of the car, thought to have been a black Ford.
He is white, aged in his twenties, about 6ft tall, with brown, spiky hair.
He wore sunglasses, a Super-dry T-shirt, Ralph Lauren shoes, jeans, silver bangles and a fabric wristband.
Witnesses to the crash or anyone who recognises the description of the driver, should call investigating officer PC Alun Causaker at the Laindon road policing unit on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.