Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Glen is rammed into the air by hit-and-run car ... but survives

This is the young boy who had a "miraculous" escape after a hit-and-run driver ploughed into him.

Glen Johnston was just yards away from his Blackwood Street home, off the Ormeau Road, south Belfast, when he was knocked down last Saturday afternoon.

The 10-year-old, whose best friend managed to jump out of the way, was rushed to the Royal Victoria Hospital where doctors initially feared he had broken his leg.

But the Holy Rosary Primary School pupil, who has been left badly shaken by the incident, was later released from hospital after it emerged he had suffered a badly bruised leg and sore back.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph last night, Glen's mum Lisa pleaded with anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward.

The mother of two said: "There is no doubt about it - my son is very lucky to be alive. The police told us that if he had been smaller he would have died.

"He had just stepped onto the road when this car came out of nowhere and sent him flying through the air. It is only through the grace of God that his injuries aren't more serious.

"I don't understand how two people in a car could leave a young boy lying in the street. He could have been seriously injured, or worse, for all they knew, and yet they still drove on.

"These people clearly have no regard for the life of a child and I just hope that they are caught before they do something similar to another innocent child.

"My son is still in a state of shock at this incident and we could very easily be arranging two funerals today. It's important these people are caught sooner rather than later."

South Belfast SDLP MP Alasdair McDonnell said he was "deeply concerned" by the hit-and-run.

Mr McDonnell added: "This is an awful incident and it is clear this young boy is very lucky to be alive. What sort of person leaves a child lying in the street after ramming into them?

"My thoughts are with the child and his family as he recovers from this terrifying incident. It is an awful circumstance for any family to find themselves in before the New Year.

"I would urge anyone who has any information about this hit-and-run driver to come forward immediately."

The car is believed to be a black Vauxhall Corsa and police believe it may have sustained some frontal damage.

In a separate development, three men were being questioned yesterday after a police car was rammed in Co Down.

They were arrested after officers halted a so-called runaround vehicle on the Newtownards to Comber Road.

At first the car refused to stop, driving into police and inflicting minor injuries.

Two men were also arrested early yesterday after a car sped off from a police patrol in east Belfast.

Soon after the attempted escape on Ravenhill Road police discovered the vehicle overturned in nearby London Street.

Two men in the early 20s were detained on suspicion of a number of motoring offences.

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