Taxi driver appeal in teen hit-and-run incident

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LOTHIAN and Borders Police are appealing to taxi drivers to come forward a week on from a hit and run incident in Edinburgh.

Thirteen-year-old Max Dunnigan was crossing the road in Queensferry Terrace around 8.10am last Tuesday morning (13th March) when he was involved in a collision with a blue family car.

He fell to the ground before the driver of the car drove off northwards towards Queensferry Road, where his vehicle was lost to sight.

Police believe a taxi may have been following the hit-and-run vehicle

The schoolboy suffered a broken leg and cuts and bruises and was taken to hospital for treatment overnight.

Witnesses in the area at the time believe a black Hackney cab may have been behind the vehicle that was involved in the collision.

Officers believe the cab may have had a light coloured advertising skin on the body of the vehicle.

The car that was involved in the collision has been described as being a dark blue, and medium/ family sized.

Police are continuing to check CCTV from nearby buildings to see if there is any footage of the collision or the vehicle making off.

Max’s mother, Lorna Stirling, said: “While Max is in a lot of pain, thankfully his injuries will heal in time.

“His life has been greatly affected, he is suffering a lot and he will be immobile for some time to come. It’s going to affect his home life and his school life.

“The whole experience has been a terrible shock, and I can’t comprehend that something so serious has happened to my son.

“I am appealing directly to the driver of the car to come forward and speak to police.

“The driver may have had a good reason not to stop at the time, or indeed they might not have even known that they had hit Max.

“Either way, for peace of mind, it is important we know the full circumstances.”

 

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Lothian and Borders Police immediately on 0131 311 3131. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers in complete anonymity on 0800 555 111

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