Police hunt for hit and run driver

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POLICE are searching for a driver after a hit and run in Wigan town centre on Good Friday evening left two people needing hospital treatment.

Witnesses said that a black Ford Focus mounted the kerb in Parson’s Walk, colliding with a man and a woman pedestrian at around 8pm.

The driver then ran off through Mesnes Park and police are currently making inquiries to trace him

Greater Manchester Police

The driver, who made no attempt to check on the condition of his victims, then abandoned the car with the engine still racing and ran off though Mesnes Park.

He is described as a white male with short brown hair and is now being hunted by traffic division officers from Great Manchester Police.

Both pedestrians were taken to Wigan Infirmary by ambulance to be treated for injuries described as not being life threatening or life changing.

The woman, who is in her 50s, suffered back, leg and pelvic injuries and was admitted to Wigan Infirmary where her condition was described as “comfortable.”

The male, who was released by doctors later in the evening, received treatment for leg injuries.

A spokesman for GMP said:”A couple were walking along Parson’s Walk towards Wigan when they heard the sound of a car engine behind them.

“The vehicle mounted the pavement, striking them, before coming to a stop in some bushes.

“The driver then ran off through Mesnes Park and police are currently making inquires to trace him.”