A MAN has been summonsed to court after a five-year-old boy was knocked down in Wigan.
The incident happened on Standishgate, Wigan, at around 12.50pm on Saturday, November 9.
A green coloured Renault Megane pulled up on Standishgate outside Hartley’s Emporium pub and a woman got out.
Moments later, the five-year-old boy and his aunt begun to cross Standishgate behind the parked car, at which point the driver of the Megane suddenly and unexpectedly put the Renault into reverse, knocking the young boy to the floor.
Following the collision, the driver left the scene at speed despite onlookers beckoning him to stop. He then drove towards the junction with Crompton Street where it is believed he may have drove through a red light and out of sight.
The five-year-old boy was treated in hospital for shock and soreness, but later released.
Following significant publicity in the local press, a 26-year-old man presented himself at a police station in Wigan and was subsequently interviewed under caution in relation to the incident. He later received a summons for failing to stop at the scene of an accident, failing to report an accident, driving without due care and attention, driving otherwise in accordance with a licence and driving without insurance and will appear in a court at a later date.
Police Constable Phil Marsh said: “I would like to thank all those members of the public who responded to our appeal in the media which, as a result, has led us to the position we are in today where a man has been summonsed in relation to this incident.
“I am particularly pleased for the family of this young boy who were understandably shocked by what happened.
“We now need to allow that legal process to take its course unimpeded and await the decision of the court.”