Tuesday 27 September 2016

Mother of teen (15) badly hurt in hit-and-run appeals to truck driver to come forward

Richard Vernalls

Published 07/07/2015 | 11:15

Mackie Miller, 15, whose mother has appealed for the driver of a lorry involved in a hit and run which left her son badly hurt to come forward Credit: West Midlands Police/PA Wire
Mackie Miller, 15, whose mother has appealed for the driver of a lorry involved in a hit and run which left her son badly hurt to come forward Credit: West Midlands Police/PA Wire
Mackie Miller, 15, whose mother has appealed for the driver of a lorry involved in a hit and run which left her son badly hurt to come forward credit: West Midlands Police/PA Wire

The mother of a sport-mad teenager left badly hurt in a hit-and-run incident with a lorry has urged the driver to come forward.

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Mackie Miller was walking home from school when he was hit by the vehicle leaving him with broken bones and internal injuries.

The 15-year-old needed surgery for a fractured pelvis, shattered hand, broken shoulder and a stomach laceration after the incident in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands.

His mother, Louise Hazel, said he was a "sporty lad" and keen Saturday and Sunday league footballer.

However, she said he had been left "completely devastated" at the consequences of the accident which means he can no longer play any sports, with a long recovery ahead.

The teenager had been walking on the pavement involved on the Bushbury Road when the incident happened on April 29.

Ms Hazel said: "As a parent, getting a call telling you your son has been knocked down is horrendous, you're instantly thrown into a real life nightmare.

"I got a call from his friend telling me he had been knocked down.

"At this point I didn't know the full extent of what had happened to him but when I was told he had been airlifted to Birmingham Children's Hospital I knew it wasn't good."

The youngster's friends and an off-duty police officer helped get Mackie immediate help, but his injuries were severe.

Ms Hazel added: "This has left him completely devastated - he can't do any sports at all and at this point we don't know for how long."

West Midlands Police said the male driver had yet to come forward and may not even be aware he was involved in a collision with the boy.

Pc Andy Clarke said: "Our inquiries into the collision continue and we are urging the driver to do the right thing and to come forward.

"We also want to jog people's memories of that day".

The vehicle, travelling from the Fallings Park direction of the city at about 4pm that day, is described as a rigid lorry with a distinctive Hiab-type crane behind the cab.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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