A four-year-old boy who was knocked out of his pushchair in a hit and run incident, suffering severe bruising to both legs, has been left traumatised to just walk down the street.
Munatazir Mahdi, from Ringwood Road, Bradford, was on his way to the Mosque with his mother, Assiya Bibi, and sister, Haseena Batool, last month when the collision occurred on Horton Park Avenue.
A car, believed to be a small silver Ford, with four doors, was seen driving down the wrong side of the road as the driver swerved directly towards the family as they prepared to cross.
Knocking Munatazir out of his pushchair, and causing injuries to the mother as well, Ms Bibi, who is also deaf, recalls the moment that she first saw the ‘would-be’ hit and run driver whilst walking down the street.
“It was horrible,” she said. “We saw somebody watching us in his car through some trees as we walked down the road towards the crossing.
“As soon as I stepped one foot off the curb, this car just came straight towards us, there was nothing we could do. I just pulled Muna back trying to save him yet the car hit the pushchair so hard that he fell out and a wheel flew off.
“We were all just in shock after that. My daughter was in tears and an ambulance was called to the scene by some people who had seen the incident and come over to help.”
Since the event, four-year-old Munatazir Mahdi has been scared of crossing the road and is uncomfortable just walking down the street.
His sister, 14-year-old Haseena Batool, was also present at the time of the incident and said she was concerned for the wellbeing of her brother as she saw him fall to the ground.
“I was scared for Muna and my Mum because it just all happened so fast,” she said. “We didn’t know the guy and that is what I was telling people who came to help so I don’t know why anybody would do something like this.”
Ms Bibi added that two witnesses to the crime, a pair of young men, rushed to the scene as the car sped away, to aid the family. Suffering from shock, she was unable to take the details of the men and would like to appeal for their help in the investigation in hope of tracking down the driver.
“The two boys came over straight away,” she explained. “I didn’t get any of their information as I was too scared at the time and just wasn’t thinking. If they could come forward and help with the investigation in any way, whether they saw the driver or registration plate, we would be very grateful.”
The hit and run was reported to police yet no persons have been arrested to date as enquiries continue.