Schoolgirl catapulted into the air by motorist in hit and run

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Schoolgirl catapulted into the air by motorist in hit and run

The girl is flung into the air (Picture: SWNS)

CCTV captured the moment a 15-year-old girl was knocked over by a hit and run van driver on her way to school.

The teenager approached a crossing and pauses at the kerb to let one driver pass before stepping into the road.

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But as she reaches the middle, a white van speeds around the corner and hurtles into her head-on.

Shocking footage shows the schoolgirl being catapulted into the air and rolling over the bonnet before falling to the ground.

The van driver briefly stopped after the crash, in a 20mph zone in Whitchurch, Bristol at 7.35am last Friday.

According to a neighbour, the driver ‘briefly stopped and pulled the screaming and crying girl to the pavement, before getting back into his van and driving off’.









NB Video is available from Newsflare - This is the dramatic moment a 15-year-old girl was knocked over by a hit and run van driver on her way to school - but miraculously escaped almost unhurt. See SWNS story SWVAN; The teenager approached a crossing and pauses at the kerb to let one driver pass before stepping into the road. But as she reaches the middle, a white van speeds around the corner and hurtles into her head-on. Shocking CCTV footage shows the schoolgirl being thrown into the air and rolling over the bonnet before falling to the ground.

The girl managed to escape unharmed (Picture: SWNS)

Neighbours dialled 999 and one witness took a photo of the van as it sped off, leading to a quick arrest of the suspect.

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Incredibly, the teenager survived the crash, in a 20mph zone in Whitchurch, Bristol last Friday, and escaped with only minor cuts and bruises.

Police said a 22-year-old man, who reportedly had no insurance, has been charged with dangerous driving.

It comes after the CCTV footage disproved his initial claim that he merely ‘clipped the girl with his wing mirror’.

NB Video is available from Newsflare - This is the dramatic moment a 15-year-old girl was knocked over by a hit and run van driver on her way to school - but miraculously escaped almost unhurt. See SWNS story SWVAN; The teenager approached a crossing and pauses at the kerb to let one driver pass before stepping into the road. But as she reaches the middle, a white van speeds around the corner and hurtles into her head-on. Shocking CCTV footage shows the schoolgirl being thrown into the air and rolling over the bonnet before falling to the ground.

The motorist drove away (Picture: SWNS)

Residents on Hengrove Lane and Hengrove Avenue have been campaigning for traffic calming measures for many years to reduce speeding motorists.

But requests for speed bumps or turning Hengrove Avenue into a one-way road to avoid ‘shortcut mentality’ have fallen on deaf ears.

Bristol Council claimed that ‘such expense cannot be justified unless there are more accidents’.

The schoolgirl wishes to remain anonymous.

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