Girl, 16, fighting for life after crash

The junction in Fleetwood where Sarah Duggan (below) was injured in a road collision. Bottom: Sarah's mum Julie Duggan, step-dad Gerry Coleman and grandma Brenda Duggan at the hospital.
The junction in Fleetwood where Sarah Duggan (below) was injured in a road collision. Bottom: Sarah's mum Julie Duggan, step-dad Gerry Coleman and grandma Brenda Duggan at the hospital.
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A teenage girl’s family is today keeping a vigil at her bedside after she was hit by a car just yards from her home.

Sarah Duggan, 16, was left fighting for life with a bleed on her brain after she collided with the car on her way to some shops with friends.

Sarah Duggan

Sarah Duggan

Speaking from her daughter’s bedside, mum Julie said: “I am not moving from her bedside until she wakes up.”

The Blackpool and The Fylde College student was walking with friends close to the family home on Brook Street, Fleetwood, when the accident involving a Renault Scenic happened in Fleetwood Road at 5.20pm on Monday.

It is thought Sarah accidentally stepped out in to the path of the car.

Mum-of-six Julie, 42, said: “We are still not 100 per cent sure what happened but we think Sarah may have been following some friends across the road.

Sarah's mum Julie Duggan, step-dad Gerry Coleman and grandma Brenda Duggan at the hospital.

Sarah's mum Julie Duggan, step-dad Gerry Coleman and grandma Brenda Duggan at the hospital.

“We’ve heard to that she may have stepped out from behind a bus.

“It’s awful seeing her like this.

“The doctors have told us we have to take every day as it comes.

“She has had a procedure to reduce the pressure on her brain but they are struggling to stabilise her at the moment.”

Her mum and stepdad Gerry Coleman said the football mad teen’s accident is similar to an accident another of their children had 10 years ago.

Julie, a grandmother-of-four, said: “Our Thomas was knocked over just 50 yards from where Sarah was about 10 years ago.

“That time the car caught him on the legs, he was no where near as poorly as Sarah.

The former Larkholme Primary School and Great Arley Special School pupil has been sedated at the Royal Preston Hospital and doctors say her condition is “critical”.

Her whole family including grandma Brenda, 67, sisters Louise, 25, Kirsty, 23 and Nikita, 14, brothers David, 21, and Thomas, 18, are urging Sarah to get better.

Gerry, 47, said: “Sarah is absolutely sports mad. She is a real tomboy. As a family we often laugh at her dress sense she loves tracksuit bottoms and baggy t-shirts.

“She loves playing tag rugby, football and cricket as well as dressing up.

“She was always dressing up at school - especially if it wasn’t girlie.

“She is really close to her little sister Nikita and she is finding this really hard.”

Her family are now urging other youngsters to take extra care when crossing the road.

Gerry said: “Its easy for young people to get distracted and just wonder in the road behind their friends. We don’t want this to happen to anyone else.

“Especially now it’s getting darker in an evening I urge everyone to use a crossing wherever possible.”

Specially trained family liaison officers are supporting the family.

Police are still investigating the crash and urging anyone who witnessed it to contact them.

The driver of the Renault was spoken to at the scene but has not been arrested.

Call police on 101.

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