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Mother pleas for witnesses after daughter injured in Hornsey hit and run

PUBLISHED: 07:24 27 September 2017

Samantha Harris was injured in a hit and run on Tottenham Lane last Friday, September 22. Police are appealing for witnesses. Picture: L HARRIS

Samantha Harris was injured in a hit and run on Tottenham Lane last Friday, September 22. Police are appealing for witnesses. Picture: L HARRIS

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A mother is pleading for witnesses after her daughter was left lying in the road after a hit and run.

Samantha Harris, aged two, with her mum Lysa. Picture: L HARRISSamantha Harris, aged two, with her mum Lysa. Picture: L HARRIS

Samantha Harris was crossing Tottenham Lane in Crouch End last Friday at 6.45pm when a black car ploughed into her forcing her onto the bonnet and over the car before hitting the ground.

The 24-year-old managed to get up and walk a third of a mile to Hornsey YMCA where she was staying in spite of suffering injuries to her internal organs.

YMCA staff called paramedics who took Miss Harris to the Whittington Hospital where she arrived in a critical condition and was admitted to the intensive care unit.

Speaking days afterwards, her mother Lysa Harris, 46, said: “She’s still in excruciating agony. There’s nothing more frightening than hearing your child has been injured.”

According to Ms Harris no one stopped to help her daughter, a diabetic prone to infection, who remembers being hit and coming to in the middle of the road.

“That is so sad. She had a ruptured spleen. She was confused and disorientated. Those people need to think how they would feel if it was their child lying in the road. People are so disconnected from each other nowadays,” Ms Harris said before calling on witnesses to come forward to help police track down the car driver.

“Somebody must know something. The driver needs to face the consequences and do the decent thing and hand himself in.

“By sharing this I’ve put a face to a name. Now he knows she’s not just a kid in the street. She is loved and treasured.

“I want to thank anyone who can help,” Ms Harris said.

Police confirmed Miss Harris’s injuries are no longer treated as life-threatening. She has since been transferred to the Royal Free where she has had an operation to stop internal bleeding.

“I’ve never seen my daughter in so much pain. I’m grateful she’s still alive. It’s been horrendous,” Ms Harris said before adding her daughter’s 93-year-old great grandmother Bertha got into her wheelchair and took herself to the hospital to be by her bedside.

No arrests have been made. Enquiries are continuing. Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC or report to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.

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