Olivia, 3, ‘bouncing back’ after hit-and-run smash

05/07/13 'RPYHIT ''Picture shows Olivia Pollard with mum Jess Pollard at Sheffield Children's Hospital.''Three year old Olivia Pollard was hit by at least on motorcycle which left her for dead when crossing from the bus stop on Ridgeway in Rotherham with her mother Jessica Pollard. ''rossparry.co.uk / Tom Maddick
05/07/13 'RPYHIT ''Picture shows Olivia Pollard with mum Jess Pollard at Sheffield Children's Hospital.''Three year old Olivia Pollard was hit by at least on motorcycle which left her for dead when crossing from the bus stop on Ridgeway in Rotherham with her mother Jessica Pollard. ''rossparry.co.uk / Tom Maddick
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The grandad of a three-year-old girl knocked down in a hit-and-run crash said she is back home and on the mend.

Olivia Pollard was left with a fractured skull when off-road motorcyclists crashed into her on Ridgeway, East Herringthorpe, as she crossed the road with mum Jessica following a shopping trip.

She spent several days in Sheffield Children’s Hospital, but has now been discharged and is recovering at home.

Grandad Andy Hulse, speaking as police reappealed for information about the crash, said: “Olivia is making great progress.

“She’s just had an eye test and that’s all good, they don’t want to see her now for another two months, so she is bouncing back.

“Doctors have said there are going to be some short-term effects, because of the trauma she has gone through.

“She has been having tantrums if she doesn’t get her own way and she was a little bit more placid than that before, but that’s to be expected.”

Two men were arrested after the collision on Wednesday, July 3, and have since been bailed.

Police now believe there ‘may have been more than one group of bikes in the same area around the time of the collision’ and are urging anyone who may have seen a group of bikes or riders in the area to get in touch.

Mr Hulse, of East Herringthorpe, said: “There has been a lot of activity from the police. They hand delivered 1,000 leaflets to do an appeal around the site.

“We do want to try and catch these people.

“It is important because we are sat with her now but it could have been a much worse story.

“If people know anything we would say to them please come forward.

“We have had masses of support from the community , it has really been unbelievable.”

A police spokesman said: “Police thank the public for their response and assistance to this incident.

“From viewing CCTV footage, officers now believe there may have been more than one group of bikes in the same area around the time of the collision.

“Police would urge anyone who believes they may have seen any group of bikes and riders in the area to please contact police.”

n Anyone with information is asked to call South Yorkshire Police on 101.