Mum's horror after son, 13, is knocked from bike by hit-and-run driver in Sheffield
A horrified mum has appealed for help to catch the hit-and-run driver who knocked her 13-year-old son from his bike in Sheffield.
Levi Middleton-White was cycling along Birley Lane, near Birley School, when the bike he had received for his birthday just weeks earlier was hit from behind by a car and he was sent sprawling.
The teenager was badly grazed and sustained bruising to his ribs and a sprained wrist in the terrifying ordeal last Tuesday, July 13, between about 4pm and 4.30pm. His bike was also badly damaged but thankfully he was not more seriously injured after being left lying on the ground by the driver.
His mum, Chantelle White, believes he was hit deliberately and that the incident is connected to two robberies in recent days where cyclists have been rammed by thieves in cars who have stolen their electric bikes – though police have said those thefts are not being treated as linked.
Levi’s bike is not electric and was not taken but she thinks this may have been because the driver who hit him only realised afterwards how young he was and that his bike was not a more valuable model.
"He was cycling to meet a friend and he just remembers his bike being hit from behind and him going over the top of the handlebars. Unfortunately he didn’t see the vehicle,” she said.
"Whoever did this just drove off and it was around five minutes until a lovely lady stopped to hep when she saw Levi distressed at the side of the road.
“We think it was deliberate because Levi said he was riding on the pavement at the time so the driver would have had to mount the kerb to hit him.
“I know they didn’t take his bike but it seems too much of a coincidence that this happened so close to the two robberies in the area in which the cyclists were deliberately knocked from their bikes.
“It’s disgusting that anyone could knock someone over, never mind a child, without stopping to see if they’re OK. We need to catch whoever did this before someone is seriously injured or killed.”
Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 908 of July 13.