A FIVE-year-old boy was knocked down by a driver who then drove away from the scene, despite pleas from onlookers to stop.
It happened on Standishgate, Wigan, at around 12.50pm on Saturday, November 9.
A green coloured Renault Megane, the registration of which is unknown, 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 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.
The green Megane is believed to also have a dent to the front offside wing mirror which was there prior to the collision and it is thought to be from the Wigan area.
Police are now appealing to anyone who either witnessed the collision, or who suspects they may know the identity of the driver or the whereabouts of the car itself, to come forward.
Officers also want to speak to the woman who got out the car, who is said to be white and wearing a light coloured coat with the hood up.
Police Constable Phil Marsh said: “Thankfully, this young boy’s injuries were not severe as he could have suffered serious and possibly life-changing injuries as a result of this collision. Luckily he suffered only soreness and shock.
“Nevertheless, the driver was clearly told by passers-by to stop because he had hit a young boy, but he chose to drive off anyway – whether in panic or fear I do not know. Only the driver does.
“We need witnesses who saw this collision to come forward so we can trace the driver.
“If you know the whereabouts of the car, or think you know the owner, please call us. I also want to make a direct appeal to the woman who got out of the car prior to the collision to do the right thing and make contact with police.”
Anyone with information should call the Roads Policing Unit on 0161 856 1909 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.