Girls’ shock over hit and run stolen car

Lois Tait (left) and Leah Jumeaux who were hit by a stolen car in a hit and run accident at the weekend.
Lois Tait (left) and Leah Jumeaux who were hit by a stolen car in a hit and run accident at the weekend.
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TWO young girls who were mowed down in a hit and run involving a stolen car today spoke of their shock.

Lois Tait, 12, and Leah Jumeaux, 11, were walking along Hawes Side Lane, Marton, when the terrifying incident happened.

The Highfield Humanities College pupils said they were about to cross Macauley Avenue around 4.30pm on Friday when they saw a silver vehicle which seemed to be stopping for them.

But as they crossed the road the car continued, hitting both girls and causing Leah to smack her head on the bonnet of the vehicle.

She said: “We were crossing the road and thought the car was letting us go but as we got halfway across it just carried on going, I felt it hit and that’s about all I remember.”

Witnesses saw the girls roll onto the bonnet of the car, leaving Leah concussed in the middle of the road for three minutes.

Lois said: “The car just went around us and drove off. I was just in shock and crying.”

The collision has left both girls with bruising down their right sides and backs.

And Leah, from South Shore, is going to hospital today for a check up on her right hip after suffering joint pain.

She said: “I was in so much pain but I didn’t really understand what had happened.

“I’m glad they’re only minor injuries but I’m so angry this has happened.”

The girls’ parents have made an impassioned plea for witnesses to come forward.

Lois’s father Darren Tait, 30, said: “We’re so glad the girls have got off lightly but we wouldn’t want the people who have done it to get away with it.

“We could have been sitting here without our daughters.”

Two men, aged 20 and 22, arrested in connection with the incident have been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

Det Sgt Steve Colman, of Blackpool CID, said: “We would implore anybody who witnessed the incident and is aware of those involved to come forward and contact us by calling 101.”

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