Hit and run in Beeston leaves mum and two children in hospital

A mum and her two children were admitted to hospital after a driver crashed into the family car before speeding off.

Friday, 22nd November 2019, 10:34 am
Updated Friday, 22nd November 2019, 10:34 am

Kirsty Abbott, her husband Daryl and their two children were coming home from a meal on Saturday, November 16, when it happened.

"My husband was driving up Cross Flatts Avenue and as we were level with the junction to Wooler Grove a car came flying out," said Mrs Abbott, 34.

"Despite us doing 20mph and braking it still crashed into the front passenger side of us.

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Cross Flatts Avenue, at the junction with Wooler Grove (Photo: Google).

"The next thing he decides to drive on hitting our car again and scraping his all the way down ours and speeds off up the Avenue.

"I told my husband to follow him and I would ring the police whilst in pursuit."

The driver got away but Mrs Abbott's daughters, Sophie, ten, and Isabel, 12, were taken to hospital, one with whiplash and the other with a pulled muscle in her back.

Isabel later had to be taken back to hospital as she was experiencing breathing difficulties due to injuries from her seat-belt and was then told she had also suffered whiplash.

Mrs Abbott, a child and family support worker, added: "I initially thought I was OK but was very shaky and had gone into shock.

"However I began to go downhill on Sunday and spent the day in hospital where they suspected a fractured sternum and damage to the tissue of my heart.

"Luckily after lots of monitoring and tests they came back clear, but I have severe swelling and bruising to my sternum, whiplash and also a pulled shoulder which may require physio in the future.

"This guy had no consideration for who he hurt or the damage he has caused."

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "At 8.50pm on Saturday (16/11) police received a report of road traffic collision involving a grey Skoda Fabia and a white Skoda Octavia estate in Cross Flatts Avenue at the junction with Wooler Avenue.

"The driver of the Fabia failed to stop and drove off without giving his details.

"No injuries were confirmed at the time but a 34-year-old woman, who was a passenger in the Octavia, subsequently reported that she and her two daughters, aged 10 and 12, had attended hospital for whiplash type injuries.

"Officers have spoken to the registered keeper of the Fabia and served him with a request to provide driver details and enquiries are ongoing."