Belfast hit-and-run horror: Police urge driver to give himself up
The PSNI are still hunting the driver of the silver Rover car which ploughed into families celebrating an 11th Night bonfire.
Seven people, including two young children, were badly injured after they were hit by the vehicle, which had a Belfast registration and was being driven by a man in his late teens or early 20s.
He is understood to have been the sole occupant of the car.
The two children are being treated in hospital for minor injuries while a woman who was knocked out of her wheelchair remained in hospital last night for surgery to her finger and knee.
The PSNI have appealed for the driver of the vehicle to come forward.
It is understood that some of the crowd gave chase but were unable to keep up with the car, and that others managed to get the registration of the vehicle and pictures, which have been handed to police.
A community worker in the area, Paula Bradshaw, said that her understanding, after speaking to police and eyewitnesses, was that the teenage driver had become confused and that his actions had not been malicious.
DUP councillor Ruth Patterson said that local people wanted to know why the PSNI had not closed off the road to through traffic during the bonfire as had happened in previous years.
Another woman eyewitness, who did not wish to be named, said she had been left sickened by the incident.
“He definitely accelerated and it wasn’t an accident. I saw it with my own eyes,” she said.
“There was a big crowd of people standing in the middle of the street who got hit and I would have been hit myself only I just moved off the road to sit on a window sill and take the weight off my feet.
“He just put his foot down, it was wild, I’ve never seen anything like it. It had been lovely and peaceful and fun until that point.
“To be honest, it has just put me off the whole thing.”