Woman in her 30s fighting for life after pushing pram out of the way before being hit by a car in 'hit-and-run' | The Sun
12th April 2023

A WOMAN who reportedly pushed a pram out of harm's way a split-second before she was struck by a car in an alleged hit and run is fighting for her life in hospital.

The victim, in her 30s, was steering a pushchair near a play park in Bournemouth, Dorset, at 9am yesterday when the Toyota RAV 4 came towards them.

Her impact with the vehicle sent her flying through the air, landing in the middle of the road.

Pedestrians rushed to her aid and emergency services raced to the scene.

She was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital with a life-threatening head injury.

The baby inside the pram was miraculously unharmed, but was taken to hospital as a precaution.


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Photos taken after the incident show a pram on the roadside.

Two air ambulance helicopters landed in Redhill Park, a small nature reserve on the outskirts of Bournemouth, and up to nine police cars were present.

It is alleged that the driver of the car, a 38-year-old man from the New Milton area in Hampshire, did not stop at the scene.

Following enquiries, he has been arrested on suspicion of driving offences.

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A road closure was in place to allow emergency services to safely deal with the incident.

Cops have not disclosed if the woman pushing the pram is the baby's mother. They are appealing for witnesses.

Police Sergeant Richard Stroud, of the road traffic unit, said: "We are investigating the circumstances of this collision and I am appealing to anyone who was travelling in the area at the time and either witnessed the collision or captured it on dashcam to please contact Dorset Police.

"I would like to thank motorists for their patience while the road closure was in place so we could carry out our investigation."

Tracey Howe was on her way to a hospital appointment when she witnessed the incident.

The 50-year-old said: "I saw a pedestrian get hit by a car as I was going round the one-way system.

"She was crossing the road near the crossing by the park, the lights were changing to red so the car should have been slowing down.

"It all happened really fast, it was horrible. I heard a noise and turned to see it.

"I think she made contact with the front of the car but didn't hit the windscreen and the car just zoomed off.

"I saw who I assume could have been the grandmother running towards the baby. It looked about 18 months old.

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"I wasn't able to pull over and stop. There were lots of pedestrians rushing over to help and the woman was lying by the side of the road."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police on 101 quoting number 11:111, or on Crimestoppers anonymously 0800 555 111.

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