A teenage boy seriously injured in a hit-and-run collision has been hailed a hero for saving his young girlfriend’s life.
Blake Bailey, aged 16, was left for dead by a motorist who ploughed into him as he walked his 15-year-old sweetheart Jessica Green home.
The youngsters were on Barrowfield Road, Thurnscoe, Rotherham, when a dark car mounted the pavement and ploughed into them - before driving off.
Blake, who is completing a construction apprenticeship at Dearne Valley College, was left with a fractured pelvis, leg and shoulder.
He also suffered an open wound stretching the entire length of his forehead, which needed emergency surgery but has left him scarred for life.
The teenager also needed a blood transfusion and may also need a metal plate inserted into his shoulder in another operation.
Now recovering from his ordeal at his Bolton-upon-Dearne home, Blake has been praised by his proud parents Michelle and Michael as well as his girlfriend’s grateful relatives.
Healthcare assistant Michelle, 43, said: “Blake can’t remember anything apart from waking up in hospital but Jess can remember it all - she heard the car coming at them and Blake pushed her out of the way of danger - he saved her life.
“We are so proud of him, and Jess and her family are really grateful to him too because this could have been even worse.
“As it was Jess suffered bruising but if Blake hadn’t pushed her out of the way of the car I dread to think what might have happened. Not many 16-year-olds would do that for somebody else.”
Blake’s family today issued an appeal to the hit-and-run driver to give himself up.
Mum Michelle said: “Please come forward, you don’t know what you have done to our lives.”
She also urged anyone shielding the driver to come forward.
“Somebody knows something - somebody either went out in a car but never came back in it, or came back with it damaged at the front - please don’t protect that person,” she added.
“When we arrived at the crash scene we thought Blake was dead because of the length of time they were working on him in the ambulance.”
Blake added: “Who would live two kids for dead?”
Brave Blake said he is still in pain and worried about having to live with his scarred face.
“I have to live with this for the rest of my life,” he said.
Anyone with information about the hit-and-run driver should call South Yorkshire Police on 101.