Lollipop lady in hit and run

Karen Littler

Karen Littler

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A HIT-and-run driver is being hunted after running down a Wigan lollipop lady.

Mother-of-four Karen Littler was sent flying into the road by a woman driving a brown Honda Insight at her crossing on Liverpool Road, Ashton, as she helped children cross the road.

And instead of coming to the stricken 49-year-old’s aid, the “callous” motorist then sped off.

She was pursued by a witness who managed to read the registration plate of the vehicle and inform the police.

Mrs Littler of Monmouth Crescent, suffered bruising all down the left hand side of her body after being hit by the car at 8.15am on Wednesday, and said she did not even see it coming.

She said: “I had just seen a group of children across the road and was about to walk back to the pavement when I was hit.

“All I remember is it was a brown car. It wasn’t until a man who witnessed it had chased down the driver that I heard what happened.”

Mrs Littler, who has been a lollipop lady in Ashton for the past three years, was taken to Wigan Infirmary but did not suffer any serious injuries.

David Gray of Autumn Way witnessed the incident and followed the woman.

He said: “I was behind her at the crossing and she just drove into the lollipop woman.

“I followed her up Gerard Street and saw that she had ripped her wing mirror off when she hit Karen. I noted down the registration number and tried to talk to the woman at the junction but she just ignored me.

“It is such a callous thing to do.

“She needs bringing to justice.”

Mrs Littler added: “I am a bit shaken up. I cannot believe that somebody would hit me and then just drive off.”

Greater Manchester Police confirmed they are investigating the incident and that they are appealing for any other witnesses to come forward.

A spokesman for GMP said: “Shortly after 8.50am on Wednesday, March 21, police received a report of a fail-to-stop collision between a car and a lollipop woman on Liverpool Road in Ashton-in-Makerfield.

“The woman suffered bruising and required medical treatment.

“A witness managed to speak to the driver of the Honda Insight but again the car drove off,in the direction of Bolton.”

PC Michael Bradley added: “Our investigation is ongoing but we are grateful to those members of the public who have provided us with information.

“We would urge any other witnesses who can help us to get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7201.