Mum on school run ‘thrown 15ft in air and left for dead’ by scrambler bike
A mum was thrown 15 feet into the air and left for dead after being struck in a suspected hit-and-run as she picked her daughter up from school.
Leah Cunningham was left in hospital with a bleeding head wound, fractured bones, torn ligaments and cuts and bruises after a bike ploughed into her while she cross the road at traffic lights.
She has revealed her grisly injuries in the hope that it will help people fully understand the consequences off-road bikes being ridden on public streets can have.
The Liverpool mum, 29, had been on her way to pick up her five-year-old daughter Lolah from school when the scrambler bike struck.
She was crossing a road near her home in Netherton when a man riding a green and white off-road bike struck her, reports the Liverpool Echo.
The impact sent her flying and the scrambler bike rider immediately rode off from the scene, Leah said.
The mum, who has been in the major trauma unit at Aintree Hospital since last Thursday, said: “I pressed the button at the crossing and it went to green.
“I saw two bikes go past but I only saw two – I didn’t see the third one. The other one must have been going that quick.
“As I got near the other side of the road that’s when the bike hit me.
“I saw it happening, I didn’t go unconscious. I can’t explain the fear I felt.
“You know when you stop and you know you’re going to get hit? I knew I was going to get hit.
“I got told by those that saw the CCTV that I got flipped up in the air about 15 foot.”
The crash left Leah in a heap in the road, bleeding from a serious head wound which needed multiple staples.
She suffered a fractured and swollen leg and a hole in her muscle that needed to be stitched together, and torn ligaments in her ankle and injuries to her pelvis, plus multiple cuts and bruises over her body.
Unable to move due to the pain and the pelvic injury, Leah said she hasn’t been given a date for when she will be allowed to leave as this will depend on when she can begin to walk again.
She said: “The pain is unimaginable, it’s the worst pain I’ve ever had. It knocks me sick and makes me dizzy just trying to move.”
As well as the traumatic physical injuries she sustained, she said what’s made things even worse is the psychological impact she has suffered as a result of the crash.
The full-time mum said: “I’m getting lots of flashbacks – I keep thinking of the bike hitting me.
“I keep thinking why did I cross the road, but I had to cross the road to get my daughter.
“I’m going to be terrified every time I cross the road thinking is another scrambler bike going to hit me?
“I felt the pain straight away in my leg, and fear. I thought I was going to die.
“I was shouting I’ve got to go and get my daughter but people were all around me saying no you’ve got to keep still.”
Despite the horrific nature of her injuries, Leah is thankful for the people who helped her and the Netherton community for being so supportive.
Her daughter’s school bought her a dress and a doll, and sent her a card that said ‘I’m sorry your mummy is poorly’.
Leah has not been able to see anyone – including her daughter who is staying with her dad – since the accident due to Covid restrictions.
She said: “We video chat but it’s not the same, she doesn’t understand why I’m here and she’s not with me. It’s really upset me.”
She added: “I’ve never felt this anger before. They’re going to bed with no pain and I’m left like this.
“The thing is the lads have got their faces covered and they’ve got no plates on their bikes.
“Apparently the bike that hit me, people have seen it going around doing the same thing. They don’t care what they’ve done.
“Everyone is fearful of them because they don’t care, because they can knock somebody over and not even care about the after effects. For all they know I could have been dead.
“Hopefully the more people who see what’s happened to me then something’s going to be done.”
In a statement, Merseyside Police Roads Policing Sergeant Mat Shaw said: “A young woman has been left seriously injured following a collision in Bootle this afternoon and we are carrying out CCTV and witness enquiries in the area to establish the full circumstances.
“We believe the bikes were being ridden in a dangerous and anti-social way in the area for a period of time before the collision and would ask anyone witnessed the collision, saw the bikes in the area before or after, or has any CCTV or dashcam footage to please get in touch.
“The anti-social and criminal use of off-road bikes is unacceptable and we will continue to work to locate and seize nuisance bikes and pursue those involved in their use.”
If you have information, CCTV or dashcam footage, please contact @MerPolCC, 101 quoting ref. 20000594313 or the Roads Policing Unit on 0151 777 5747.
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