Car hit schoolgirl and then drove off

Ashley McCormick
Ashley McCormick

The mother of a schoolgirl who was left in agony after suffering a broken ankle has hit out at the “callous” driver who fled the scene.

Ashley McCormick, aged 13, was on a zebra crossing on the A361 in Byfield on Friday at 8.15am when she slipped and a white car, possibly a Mini or Skoda, drove over her foot.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the hit and run in an effort to find the driver. And, meanwhile, another villager is campaigning for steps to be taken over road safety.

Ashley, who is a year nine pupil at Danetre and Southbrook Learning Village, suffered a broken ankle and has her leg in a cast.

Leanne McCormick, Ashley’s mother, said: “I’m fuming as I just can’t believe the driver didn’t stop. It is heartbreaking to see her like this as she loves football and running and she can’t do that at the moment.

“I can’t believe the driver wouldn’t have realised as she would have screamed. I think she was in a lot of shock and pain when it first happened but over the last couple of days she has felt more angry that the driver didn’t stop.

“She has put on a brave face but she gets upset at night.

“It is very heartwarming to know there were so many people who were willing to stop and help a person they did not even know.”

Helen Lawson lives in the village and has started writing letters to councillors over the dangerous roads. She said: “The A361 and the Woodford Road at Dolls Hill are both dangerous. People speed on the Woodford Road in both directions, yet in one place if you’re crossing you have to step out to look round a wall to see what’s coming. We need something doing to slow vehicles down.

“The A361 has a large volume of traffic heading through the village. We get a lot of traffic along both roads, and that’s only going to get worse as hundreds of homes are planned in Woodford, but nothing is happening to improve roads here where most of the cars will end up.”

The driver is said to be a smartly dressed man wearing a shirt and tie in a white car, possibly a Mini or a Skoda.

Any witnesses should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.