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Public appeal Mum begs hit and run driver who injured son to do 'decent thing' and come forward

"His left leg and arm took the brunt of the bang but somehow it wasn’t as bad as it could have been."

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Lorraine Nelson

Lorraine Nelson

Lorraine Nelson

The mother of a fifteen year old boy who was injured in a hit and run incident last Sunday has said: "It’s a miracle my lad is still in one piece".

Lorraine Nelson, from Navan, Co 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 gardai 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."

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Athlumney Wood estate

Athlumney Wood estate

Athlumney Wood estate

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.

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"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 the decent thing now."

A garda spokesperson said: "Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene of a traffic collision that occurred in the Athlumney Woods, Navan Co Meath at approximately 5pm on the 26th of September 2021.

"One vehicle and two pedestrians were involved in this collision. One of the pedestrians, a male in his teens, was conveyed to Our Lady Of Lourdes hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries received during the incident.

"The vehicle involved failed to remain at the scene.

Investigations are ongoing at this time."

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