Rotherham boy recovers after collision

Lucas Thorpe, boy injured in Treeton
Lucas Thorpe, boy injured in Treeton
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A moped rider arrested over a hit and run which left an eight-year-old boy fighting for life has been bailed by police.

The 20-year-old, from Swallownest, walked into a police station with a solicitor on Monday – four days after the crash.

Police said the moped rider was released from custody while further inquiries are carried out.

Schoolboy Lucas Thorpe was crossing Arundel Avenue in Treeton, Rotherham, when he was struck by a grey Peugeot Speedfight moped.

The youngster, who attends Treeton C of E Primary School, was seriously injured in the smash – suffering a fractured skull, shattered eye socket and broken leg.

He underwent emergency surgery to remove pressure on his brain and to stem a bleed and his devastated parents were told his condition was ‘critical’.

But the youngster, a goalkeeper with the Young Owls under-8s team, is now sitting up in his hospital bed and talking to his family and friends.

He has told his mum and football coaches he is desperate to be out of hospital in time to watch his team mates compete in football tournaments over the next few weeks, including one on the pitch at Hillsborough - the home of his beloved Sheffield Wednesday.

Mum Samantha Scott, 32, said she hopes he is able to be wheeled on to the pitch in his wheelchair.

The club has offered Lucas and his family VIP tickets to an Owls game when the youngster is better.

Young Owls coaches have been to hospital to visit their young player.

Samantha, a mum-of-four, said: “He is on the mend slowly. He was very lucky. Lucas is in so much pain, crying and asking why.”

n Anyone with information about the crash on Thursday, April 18, should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.