Mum’s plea after son’s hit-and-run ordeal

Brandon Phillips with his mum Kelly Coulson
Brandon Phillips with his mum Kelly Coulson

A MUM has pleaded for help in the hunt for a hit-and-run driver who left her son with serious injuries.

Brandon Phillips, six, was out playing with his brother and friends in Hartlepool’s Davison Drive, when he was struck by a green Mitsubishi Pajero, which then left the scene.

Today, Brandon’s mum and dad, Kelly Coulson and Steven Phillips, both 26, looked back on the “sickening” moment where they ran round the corner to find Brandon lying in the road screaming with dozens of people gathered around him.

The road was closed after the incident at 5.30pm on Friday, April 13, and Brandon was rushed to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, where he was treated for a fractured collar bone and pelvis.

The West View Primary School pupil also suffered bruising to a lung and may yet need plastic surgery to his face to help repair cuts and scars.

Fortunately he is now making a full recovery at his home in Warren Road, but police are still to trace the driver.

Brave Brandon says he can’t remember anything at all from the incident, but smiles as he adds he just wanted to leave hospital so he could play on his Playstation and Nintendo Wii again.

But for mum Kelly, the ordeal is still fresh in her mind and she says she still can’t walk down Davison Drive without memories of the incident flooding back.

Unemployed Kelly, who is also mum to Dylan Phillips, seven, said: “He had only been playing out about 15 minutes when I heard an ambulance siren, and then I heard his older brother screaming.

“I just panicked straight away. I opened the door and Dylan was stood there screaming ‘my brother, my brother’. Me and Steven both just started running, the road seemed to go on for ever and it was just getting further away.

“When we got there he was just laid on the ground screaming.”

Fortunately Brandon was conscious throughout his ordeal, and Kelly and Steven said they knew at this point his injuries weren’t life-threatening.

But looking back, they realise how lucky Brandon has been.

“I just thank God he is still with us,” added Kelly.

“He is lucky to be alive, definitely.”

Despite their relief at Brandon’s relatively quick recovery, Kelly and Steven are angry that the driver of the car has still to be found.

They have pleaded with anyone who saw anything at all on the day of the accident to speak to police.

“Someone must have seen something,” said unemployed Steven.

“When we got to Brandon, there was about 50 people stood around him.

“If any of them saw anything at all, then I would urge them to tell the police.”

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “The injuries that the little boy suffered in the collision were very serious and we would urge the driver of the vehicle to come forward and speak with police.

“We would also like to appeal for any witnesses to the incident to come forward.”

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to contact PC Mark Pearson of Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit on the non-emergency 101 number or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.