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THE headteacher of a schoolboy left in a critical condition after being hit by a taxi has wished the youngster a speedy recovery.

Hartlepool teenager Jack Wood was rushed to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, with internal injuries and a broken leg after being hit by the Skoda Octavia as he made his way to school on Monday.

Today a spokeswoman for the hospital said the 16-year-old, who attends St Hild’s C of E Secondary School, was still in a “critical but stable condition”.

Colin Reid, head at St Hild’s C of E secondary school, where Jack, from the Headland, is a pupil and is due to sit his GCSEs in May, said: “We are all upset by the situation.

“Jack is a smashing lad and we wish him all the best and hope for a swift recovery.

“We as a school will make sure his education doesn’t suffer as a result of this.”

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident, at 8am on Monday, on Northgate, at Hartlepool’s Headland, at the junction with Salter Walk.

Any witnesses are asked to contact PC Mark Pearson, of the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, on the non-emergency 101 number, quoting event number CVP-12-047185.