Boy injured in hit-and-run

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A YOUNGSTER was airlifted to hospital after the car he was travelling in was involved in a collision with an alleged hit-and-run driver.

The 12-year-old boy and his mum were travelling in a Vauxhall Corsa that was involved in a collision with a Daewoo Matiz, in Middle Street, Blackhall.

The injured pair were taken to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough – the boy by the Great North Air Ambulance and his mum by road ambulance – after they complained of neck, back and leg pain.

Crews from the Peterlee and Wheatley Hill Fire Stations, along with a specialist rescue unit, had to cut the roof off the car to free the pair.

Peter Brown, watch manager at the Peterlee station, said: “Their conditions were thought not to be serious but they were complaining of neck and back pain and as a precaution, we took the roof off the car.”

An air ambulance spokeswoman said: “A 12-year-old male was taken to James Cook University Hospital after complaining of neck, back and leg pain.”

Middle Street was closed for half an hour following the incident at 5.15pm on Saturday.

The boy was discharged from hospital yesterday morning.

A police spokesman confirmed the driver of the Daewoo had left the scene and said officers are investigating.