A HIT-and-run driver struck outside a Scarborough playgroup, injuring a father and terrifying his young daughter.
Freddy Plummer had just finished fastening three-year-old Lacie-May into her child-seat after picking her up from Dovecote Playgroup in Dean Road.
A car collided with the door of his Renault Laguna and sped off. “I just put Lacie in her seat as usual,” said Mr Plummer.
“I was bent over with the door resting against my back.
“Then there was a huge bang as a car hit the door.
“It wasn’t just a clip – it was a proper crash.
“There were loads of kids around at the time but whoever it was, wasn’t paying attention.
“The door slammed into me but if it had happened a few seconds earlier it could have taken Lacie’s legs off. “The driver slowed down for a second then they put their foot down. For all they knew Lacie could have been seriously hurt.”
My Plummer suffered bruising and cuts to his leg and back as a result of the collision.
Since the incident, which took place at around 3:10pm on Tuesday, his daughter has been hesitant about getting into the vehicle.
“She’s been a bit scared,” he said. “She’s been asking whether the man is going to hit us again.
“I think whoever did this should face up to what they have done. There were young children all over the place - it could have been a lot worse.”
Sarah Young, a supervisor at the playgroup which is based in St Columba Church Hall, said: “It gets busy at that time of the day and there are signs up telling people to be aware of children.
“I think it is bad that the driver just kept on going.”
Police yesterday launched an appeal to trace the car, which is described as dark red and is possibly an old type Nissan Micra, Vauxhall Corsa or a similar type of vehicle.
PC Tracey Brewster, of Scarborough Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Thankfully the injuries suffered by the man were minor and the child was uninjured. However, the driver of the red hatchback could not know this as they did not stop following the collision.
“I need to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision or can identify the car which did not stop at the scene.
“As the red hatchback will probably have sustained damage as a result of the incident, I am asking people working in vehicle repair shops to come forward if they have been asked to carry out repairs to the bodywork of vehicles matching its description.”
If you can assist with the inquiry please contact PC Brewster on 0845 6060247, quoting reference number 12110098129.
Information can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.