MUM STARTS INQUIRY INTO ‘HIT-AND-RUN’

A WORRIED mum who felt police were not taking action after her son was “left for dead” in the middle of a road has taken investigations into her own hands.

Nici Paling (36) has been putting leaflets through doors in Donington appealing for information about the incident in which 14-year-old Jay was left face down and unconscious.

She is looking to piece together events of the afternoon of Sunday, September 25, when Jay came off his bicycle in Northorpe Road. She thinks he was the victim of a hit-and-run driver.

Mrs Paling says Jay, a pupil at Thomas Cowley High School, has given a statement to police and photographs were taken of his bike.

However, she feels as if the police are “not bothered” about the incident.

She said: “They were meant to be doing a media appeal but there was nothing at all.”

Mrs Paling started distributing the leaflets around the Northorpe Road area last week.

She explained: “I thought ‘this needs to be done’.

“He was left for dead. If the driver who found him had not seen him, he would have run over him.”

Mrs Paling said scratches of red paint were found on Jay’s bike after the accident, which led her to worry he had not simply fallen off.

She said: “I got in touch with a chap who had received one of the leaflets.

“He had tried to get hold of an officer about it but he said he was told they were on holiday.

“I’ve still heard nothing.”

Mrs Paling said she also put an appeal for information out through social networking site Facebook.

She added: “I just want to find out what happened.”

Mrs Paling, who lives in Townfield Lane, Swineshead, said: “Jay cannot remember anything.

“He said he was leaving Thomas Cowley High School to go and meet his girlfriend and he woke up in Northorpe Road and had been moved to the side of the road.”

Mrs Paling says Jay was found by the passing motorist, who called her to raise the alarm.

The teenager was left with concussion, a gash above his right eye, a cut on his shoulder and other cuts and bruises.

He spent the night in Boston Pilgrim Hospital and was discharged after being given the all-clear following a CT scan.

A police spokesman said: “Police were notified of the incident two days afterwards and an officer attended to speak with the family.

“It has not been possible to establish if a road traffic collision occurred as there is no definitive evidence to show that any other vehicle was involved.

“We would appeal for anyone who was in the area of Northorpe Road on Sunday, September 25, about 1.30pm and who may have seen the cyclist to contact Lincolnshire Police, quoting incident 197 of September 25.”