The mother of a fifteen-year-old boy who was injured in a hit and run incident last Sunday has described the driver of the vehicle that drove up on a footpath and struck him before speeding off as ‘ A lowlife’, and claimed ‘It’s a miracle my lad is still in one piece ’.
Lorraine Nelson, from Navan, County Meath, was speaking out as her son Jake recovers from his horrific ordeal, and she told how she had to dash away from cooking her family’s Sunday dinner when cops called with the awful news.
She said, ‘ I was at home cooking the dinner when I got a phone call from the guards telling me Jake had been hurt in a hit and run in the Athlumney Wood estate, which is about a ten-minute walk from our house.
‘I was a bit fearful they weren’t telling me the whole story and that maybe he was more than just hurt, but they assured me he was okay and that his friends were with him at the scene.
‘I went straight over and the ambulance was already there, I have to say the lads who were with him when it happened were brilliant, one of them stayed calm, despite getting a glancing blow from the car himself, and called the ambulance to the scene.
‘How he stayed cool enough to do that God alone knows as I’d imagine if it was me it happened to I would be all over the place in a blind panic.
‘Before I got into the ambulance with Jake to go to the Lourdes hospital in Drogheda, the chap was even able to tell me what exactly happened.
‘Jake and his mates were walking out of the estate when the car flew in, came straight at them, mounted the pavement, and clipped Jake down his left side. His left leg and arm took the brunt of the bang but somehow it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.
‘It’s a miracle he is still in one piece it really is.’
Lorraine is now calling on the driver of the car involved to come forward and hold their hands up for what they have done but admits she is far from optimistic that will happen.
She pleaded, ‘Whoever did this is a lowlife, that’s all I’ll say about them, but even at this late stage I would beg them to do the decent thing and come forward and admit it.
‘Hand yourself in that is the decent thing to do, but as you have not shown any decency so far, you knew you hit someone and didn’t even stop I don’t expect you to do the decent thing now.’