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Three-year-old girl hit by cyclist and dragged for 12ft along the pavement

'I thought she was dead... she was screaming at top of her lungs'

Published 22/05/2015

The toddler was left with cuts and bruises all over her body
The toddler was left with cuts and bruises all over her body

A three-year-old girl was left with cuts and bruises to her face, hands and knees after she was knocked over by a "hit-and-run" cyclist and dragged for 12ft outside her home in Blackpool.

Little Lucie Wilding can be seen running out of her front gate just as a cyclist passes by, who collided with her and dragged her along the pavement. Her mother, who can be seen getting into a car just in front of her daughter, instantly turns around and runs after the cyclist and the screaming child. Her father is also seen jumping the front wall in pursuit of the cyclist.

With the rest of the incident taking place off camera, it emerged that the cyclist in question sped off after the collision.

Wilding's mother, Lauren Howarth, 26, said of the accident: "One minute she was behind me and the next she was further along the street, sprawled across the pavement. "I thought she was dead. There was blood coming from everywhere. She was hysterical, screaming at the top of her lungs.

"We didn't know what kind of injuries she had suffered, we just knew we had to get her straight to the hospital so we put her straight in the car."

The cyclist, who is believed to be in his twenties, has since contacted police and is due to speak to officers.

Lancashire Police's Joanna Mills said in a statement: "There are a number of offences that will be discussed with this man - riding on pavements and dangerous cycling.

"For a three-year-old this isn't a pleasant experience when you're just walking from your home to your car.

"Lucie is lucky she's escaped with only scrapes and bruises. It could have been a lot worse."

Source: Independent

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