THE father of a three-year-old girl left for dead in a hit-and-run collision in Sheffield has branded the driver responsible “a coward”.
Ansar Hussain, aged 31, of Crabtree Crescent, Fir Vale, Sheffield, spoke out on the day police again appealed for help in tracing the motorist who failed to stop after the collision and sped off.
Little Faiza Hussain, just three, was hit by the mystery motorist after she wandered off from her mum and other relatives and began to cross a road to make her way home.
Her relatives shouted for her to come back when they realised she had gone, but she was in the middle of the road when a car hit her and did not stop.
The tot suffered a fractured leg which is still in a cast, but she is expected to make a full recovery.
Today her dad said he did not hold the driver responsible for the accident, but wanted him prosecuted for failing to stop after the collision.
“Accidents happen - there’s little the driver could have done to stop the collision,” he said.
“But the fact the person just drove off and left Faiza for dead is unforgivable.
“Thankfully she only broke her leg, but it could have been worse and the person who hit her did not for one second stop to think how she was - that the action of a coward.”
His daughter, who spent a week in hospital but is now recovering at home, was struck at the junction of Crabtree Close and Hampton Road, Fir Vale, at 11.20pm on Friday April 29.
Mr Hussain said: “She was in a very bad state of shock after the accident - from getting hit to getting into the ambulance and having her pot put on I never saw her cry. I just want justice for her now.”
The team investigating the collision examined footage from CCTV cameras in the area but have not yet identified the car involved.
PC Mark Bradey, leading the hunt, said: “Local inquiries and CCTV images have failed to identify the car and its driver.
“We’ve so far not managed to confirm the make or model of the vehicle, which we believe fled the scene at high speed without stopping.
“Any information about the car or its driver could be vital for our investigation.
“I’m particularly keen to hear from members of the local Fir Vale community who may have witnessed the collision or seen a medium-sized, dark coloured car, possibly a black or green hatchback, in the area late that Friday.”
PC Bradey said there is no allegation of dangerous driving before the collision, but the driver should have stopped at the scene.
“The driver accelerated hard away from the scene of the collision making no attempt to stop despite knowing what he had done,” the police officer added.
“He or she was trying to get away as quickly as they could.”
PC Bradey said the little girl’s family had carried out excessive enquiries of their own in the local area to help police crack the case.
“The family has been identifying CCTV camera sites for us to follow up, but while there are lots of cameras there are no vehicles flagged up as the likely candidate.”
Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 0114 220 2020 quoting incident number 1291 of April 29.