Search on for Grangemouth hit and run driver

Little Elaine was knocked down in Chisholm Place as she played with her friends on Saturday. Picture: Michael Gillen
Little Elaine was knocked down in Chisholm Place as she played with her friends on Saturday. Picture: Michael Gillen

Mum tells of anguish after daughter’s leg is shattered.

Distraught Louise Campbell and husband Hugh endured every parent’s worst fear when their children are out playing when daughter Elaine was hit by a car just yards from their Wood Street home in Grangemouth.

Seven-year-old Elaine was playing with pals in Chisholm Place at around 8.15pm last Saturday when the car struck her. She was rushed to Forth Valley Hospital where it was discovered one bone in her left leg was shattered and another was fractured.

The driver of the car did not stop to help Elaine, who attends Murray Primary School, and drove off leaving her shocked friends to run to Louise’s door to tell her what had happened.

Louise (44) said: “It was quite unreal, I don’t know exactly what happened. All the kids were screaming and crying. I told her she could stay out for another ten minutes or so as it was the school holidays and because she was playing with other children and there were adults outside too. I thought she was safe.”

Louise added: “She was really looking forward to going back to school but might have to be off for eight weeks and she will have to be really careful in future now as the specialist said it was a very bad break.

“For someone to just leave a child lying in the street makes me sick to my stomach.”

Police Scotland has issued an appeal for witnesses to the collision and are keen to speak to the driver of a small white car that may have been involved.

PC Stephen Softley of the Road Policing Unit said: “We are currently working to establish the full circumstances surrounding this incident and are eager to speak to the driver of a small white car who may be able to assist with our enquiries.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.