A mum has told of her terror after hearing the screech of tyres as her teenage son was hit by a moped – while she was on the phone to him.
Joshua Smith, 13, was knocked down by the bike after it mounted the pavement and hit him as he waited for a bus in Marton, leaving his distraught mum screaming his name.
Victoria, of Ascot Road in Layton, has now appealed for help to bring the biker, who fled the scene, to justice.
She said: “I thought I had heard my son die over the phone.”
The hit-and-run happened in Cherry Tree Road at around 3.15pm on Monday while Joshua was on his way home from the Chrysalis Centre, which supports youngsters with behavioural problems.
The St Mary’s pupil was waiting for the number 14 bus, near the junction with Cherry Tree Road North, when the bike swerved off the road and hit him, Victoria, 36, said.
The mum-of-five said she believes two other children were also involved, adding that she heard the bike squeal as its rider lost control.
“Joshua was sent tumbling to the floor,” she said. “I heard it happen. I was screaming down the phone. Then he got up and said he had been hit.”
Joshua was taken to hospital by his dad before being discharged and returned to classes yesterday. Victoria said her son was shaken up but not seriously hurt.
A Lancashire Police spokesman said officers were called at 3.35pm to reports a moped had mounted the pavement and hit Joshua. Call 101 with information.