Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

CCTV clip released in driver hunt

West Midlands Police are appealing for information to help identify a hit-and-run driver

Footage showing the moment a hit-and-run driver collided with a woman and a three-year-old boy has been released by police.

The 20-second CCTV clip shows the black Audi estate overtaking stationary traffic, before hitting the pair and knocking them flying.

The Audi driver appears to slow for a moment before accelerating away from the scene as onlookers dash to help the stricken pair, left lying in the road.

Miraculously the 42-year-old woman, a driving instructor, and the boy, who is her nephew, were found to have escaped serious injury, suffering only minor cuts and bruises. The pair had just left the Sky Blue Fish Bar in King William Street in Coventry, at about 7.30pm on Friday, December 7.

West Midlands Police are still hunting the driver and have released the footage in a new appeal for the public's help. Officers have so far failed to find the car despite an eyewitness dashing after the vehicle and taking down part of the number plate - EN57.

Police believe the car would have sustained some damage to its front end and one line of inquiry is that the vehicle is being kept off the road, possibly hidden in a lock-up or a garage.

Pc Abbi Jones said: "This CCTV footage captures a truly shocking incident. We have taken the unusual step of releasing the images in the hope someone will recognise the car and come forward with information so that we can trace the driver.

"This could have been so much worse. At the time of the collision, the driver would not have known that the woman and child were uninjured.

"I would ask any mechanics who have repaired a black Audi estate with front-end damage between the start of December and now get in touch. Similarly, I want to hear from anyone who has seen a similar car being driven into a lock-up and not come out since."

Anyone with information should call the police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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