Rotherham boy, 8, knocked down by biker who fled

Lucas Thorpe
Lucas Thorpe
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An eight-year-old boy was left fighting for life after being knocked down by a biker in a South Yorkshire hit-and-run.

The rider of the moped initially stopped after the crash - but disappeared before emergency services arrived.

Yesterday a 20-year-old man from Swallownest was arrested on suspicion of failing to stop at the scene of an accident, failing to report an accident, and having no driving licence and no insurance.

Lucas Thorpe, a pupil at Treeton C of E Primary School, was struck moments after leaving his grandparents’ house - on the very first day he had ever been allowed to walk to his friend’s house to play.

The youngster was left with a fractured skull, eye socket and leg in the smash on Arundel Avenue, Treeton.

His wrist may also be broken, and he may need an operation to remove a fragment of bone lodged behind his eye.

His face and head were also badly damaged after he was dragged along the street by the bike last Thursday afternoon.

The youngster underwent emergency surgery to release pressure on his brain and to stop a bleed, and was placed in intensive care in an induced coma.

But Lucas, a goalkeeper with the Young Owls under-eights football team, is now on a normal ward at Sheffield Children’s Hospital after amazing doctors with the speed of his recovery.

His mum, Samantha Scott, aged 32, said she is thankful her son is still alive.

“On Thursday I didn’t think we would be bringing Lucas home,” she said.

“All I am really bothered about is that we still have Lucas. When I got to him after it happened the bike was in bits, there were pieces of it everywhere, and Lucas was surrounded by paramedics and people helping at the scene.

“He was unconscious at first and had blood coming from his mouth and ears, but then he came round and was screaming ‘mum’. He was covered in blood and when we got to the hospital they told us he was critical.

“To think just a few days later he is in his hospital bed being his cheeky self is unbelievable, and I can’t thank everyone enough for all they have done for him - the doctors, everyone who helped him when it happened - it is overwhelming.

“The people who came on to the street to help him before the paramedics came were fantastic.

“And the number of doctors and consultants who have been involved in his care is unbelievable. We owe them everything.”

Samantha, a mum-of-four, said she hopes Lucas will be playing football with his team over the summer.

“He is a goalkeeper so is used to getting kicked, but after surviving this he will be able to put up with anything that happens when he is in the net now!” she said.

Sheffield Wednesday winger Jermaine Johnson said: “On behalf of all the lads here at SWFC I would like to wish little Lucas a very speedy recovery.

“In recognition of the bravery he has shown we would like to invite Lucas, and his family, to attend a game as VIP guests when he is feeling better.”

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “A grey Peugeot Speedfight motorcycle was travelling along Arundel Avenue, Treeton, in the direction of Arundel Road, when it reportedly struck an eight-year-old boy.

“The boy was taken to Sheffield Children’s Hospital with serious injuries.

“Officers are continuing their inquiries and would like to speak to anyone who may have been in the area at the time of the incident.”

Call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident 904 of April 18, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

A cyclist suffered a spinal fracture in a hit-and-run on the A630 Balby Road at Doncaster.

The 43-year-old, from Balby, was struck by a silver vehicle travelling in the same direction at 12.20am on Saturday.