A woman who reportedly pushed a pram out of harm’s way in an alleged hit-and-run incident has been left fighting for her life in hospital.
The woman, who is in her 30s, was savagely hit by a posh Toyota RAV4 SUV while she was walking along the A347 near Redhill Park in Bournemouth, Dorset, yesterday (Tuesday, April 11) at around 9am.
While the baby was thankfully uninjured, the as-yet-unnamed woman remains in hospital in a life-threatening condition.
Dorset Police said the driver of the car, understood to be a 38-year-old man from Hampshire, failed to stop at the scene and has since been arrested on suspicion of driving offences.
A road closure was put in place at the scene to allow emergency services to safely deal with the horrific incident, while tape was put up in a nearby children's playground.
Police have not said whether the hospitalised woman pushing the pram is the baby's mother.
The woman was airlifted to hospital after emergency services sent five air and land ambulances to the scene, a spokesperson for South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust told the Mirror.
They added that one patient was taken to Poole Hospital via land ambulance while another was taken by air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital.
Police sergeant Richard Stroud, of the force’s 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.”
Tracy Howe, who was on her way to a hospital appointment, saw the incident take place.
She told the Mirror: "I saw a pedestrian get hit by a car as I was going round the one-way system.
"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.
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"I saw who I assume could have been the grandmother running towards the baby. It looked about 18 months old."
"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 at www.dorset.police.uk/contact, via email at [email protected] or by calling 101, quoting incident number 11:111.
Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.
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