Dad’s anger as son hit by biker who sped off

12 years old Ethan Williams with his dad Mark
12 years old Ethan Williams with his dad Mark
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A DAD has slammed a ‘disgusting’ hit-and-run biker who drove off after crashing into his young son as he played with friends at a South Yorkshire beauty spot.

Ethan Williams, aged 12, from Stocksbridge, was riding on his scooter at More Hall Reservoir, near Bolsterstone, Sheffield, when the off-road biker sped by, hit the schoolboy, and sent him hurtling into metal railings.

Ethan was left with head and neck injuries, as well as cuts and bruises to his arms and legs - but the youngster’s dad Mark, 36, said the incident “could have been a lot worse”.

Mark said the culprit stopped briefly on his motocross bike before shouting abuse at the children and leaving the scene - a road known to locals as The Route, which runs off More Hall Lane around the reservoir.

The schoolboy was playing with four friends at the reservoir. Two of the children were on BMXs, while the other two were riding scooters.

“A motorcylist approached them from behind, and then collided with my son sending him flying into the fence,” said Mark, a postman. “Obviously the motorcyclist saw the kids and proceeded for about 10 metres before he stopped, turned around and just abused them, swearing at them, and then rode away.”

Ethan was taken to Sheffield Children’s Hospital and discharged around an hour later. “He’d cut his head and there was a big bump, and his arms and legs were cut and bruised,” said Mark. “He woke up the next morning with his back and neck stiff. I think that was the whiplash.

“We thought he’d broken his hand at first, but it turned out it was just muscle and tissue damage.”

Mark said he is determined to bring to justice the biker who injured Ethan - a pupil at Stradbroke Comprehensive School, who lives with Mark and mum Janice, 31, on Poplar Avenue, Stocksbridge. The biker was white, aged 17 or 18, with ginger hair. He was wearing red leathers and a yellow crash helmet. His Y-reg bike was either red or orange, and had L plates displayed.

Anyone with information about the collision at 5.20pm on Monday should call police on 0114 220 2020.