A BABY was taken to hospital after their buggy was clipped by a suspected hit and run driver in a supermarket car park.

The mother is believed to have been walking along by the entrance to the Aldi store at Rushbottom Lane, Benfleet before her double buggy was hit by the car - causing the child to fall and leaving toys scattered on the floor.

Ambulance crews treated the baby at the scene before being taken to Southend Hospital.

The incident, which left onlookers shocked, took place just after 11.15am yesterday.

One man, who was in the car with his mum at the time, rushed to help the “distraught” mother.

The 30-year-old, said: “A driver, two or three cars in front of my mum, hit a double buggy knocking it over.


“All the toys from the pram were all over the floor and they just reversed and drove off.

“It’s terrible. I was first on the scene to help the poor mother who was distraught.

“And the youngest child was being sick and had a red face. I hope to God she is okay.”

A spokesman for Essex Police said: “We were called shortly after 11.15am on Wednesday October 21, with reports that a baby had fallen from a buggy at the entrance of Aldi supermarket car park on Rushbottom Lane, Benfleet.

“It was reported that a car may have clipped the buggy as it drove past.

“The baby was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.

“Enquiries are ongoing.

“Anyone who witnessed the incident or was in the area and has dashcam footage, are asked to contact us on 101.”

A spokesman for East of England Ambulance Service, said: “We sent one ambulance to Rushbottom Lane at around 11.15am after receiving reports that a baby had been injured after their buggy tipped over.

“Crews treated the baby at the scene before transporting them to Southend Hospital for further assessment and care.”