A TEENAGER has been left “in a state of shock” after being hit by a car in Westcliff, with the driving fleeing the scene.

Gary Bowen, 43, has been left furious after his 14-year-old son was victim of a hit-and-run in Crowstone Road as he cycled to school on Wednesday morning.

The boy escaped without serious injuries, but has been left shaken by the incident and the bike was damaged beyond repair on impact.

Essex Police has confirmed that the driver failed to stop at the scene of the crash and has launched an appeal for witnesses to come forward.

Mr Bowen said: “I want to make quite a big thing about it because it is my son, and I am worried and angry someone could do this.

“He is OK, he is just really shaken up.

"He has hurt his legs, his bike was destroyed, and he is still at home at the moment as he felt sick. I think he is just in complete shock.

“I am livid this has happened - it isn’t the fact they’ve hit my son, it is the fact they’ve hit him and left him there, and driven off, not even knowing how hurt he could be.

“The driver had every opportunity to stop or pull over and they didn’t.”

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Essex Police confirmed an investigation was underway and urged anyone with dash cam footage to come forward.

A spokesman for Essex Police said: “We received a report of a collision in Crowstone Road, Westcliff, shortly after 8.30am on Wednesday.

“It was reported that a teenage boy was on a bicycle when he collided with a car which did not stop at the scene.

“Thankfully, the boy did not sustain any injuries however the bicycle was damaged.

“We need anyone who witnessed the incident or has any CCTV, dash cam, or doorbell footage of it to contact us.

“If you have any information, you can submit a report online at www.essex.police.uk or use the ‘Live Chat’ button to speak to an online operator between 7am-11pm.

“Please quote incident 237 of May 11.

“You can also call us on 101 or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”