Girl, 17, injured by hit-and-run van driver

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POLICE are hunting a hit-and-run driver who struck a deaf teenage girl as she stood waiting to cross a South Yorkshire road.

The girl, aged 17, was knocked to the ground by a van driver, who left the scene without stopping to check how the pedestrian was.

Police said the girl, who is deaf, was with a male friend of the same age walking along Netherfield Lane and waiting to cross at the junction with Albert Road, Rawmarsh, Rotherham, when the collision occurred.

The girl was struck by a white Ford transit-style van which drove off as she lay on the ground.

She suffered injuries to her ankle and shoulder and was taken to Rotherham District General Hospital by ambulance.

Medics allowed her home after treatment, but police said she has been left ‘badly shaken’ by the incident.

The driver of the van was last seen turning left from Netherfield Lane on to Albert Road, towards Hollybush Street, Parkgate.

Police inquiries have so far failed to trace the van or its driver and officers now want members of the public with any information to get in touch.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “It’s believed that other vehicles were in the built-up, residential area at the time, one having to brake hard to avoid a collision with the same van. “The route is also used as a short-cut between Rawmarsh and Parkgate.”

Witnesses or anyone with information about the collision at 7.30am on November 27 should call police on 101.

Information can also be given to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.