After being hit by a car while riding his bike, a U.K. teen was told by a woman in the vehicle that she couldn’t stop to help him because her kids were late for school and his bloody face would scare them.
According to reports, 17-year-old Taron Stead was riding his new mountain bike in Sheffield last Friday when a man and woman rushing to get their kids to school during morning commute hit him. The woman, who was in the passenger seat, reportedly got out of the car and informed the teen that his bloody, injured face would “upset” her kids and that they were already late for school. The woman got back into the vehicle and the suspects drove off without exchanging any information with Stead.
“Taron said the woman in the car got out looked over at him, told him she had children in the car who were upset and she didn’t want them to be late for school, then the car drove off,” 45-year-old Naomi Pickard, Stead’s mother, explained, according to The Huffington Post. “I can’t believe anyone would leave an injured child at the side of the road after a crash, but it was rush hour and it would have been busy so I am hoping that witnesses come forward and help the police trace the driver. There is CCTV in the area too. I hope the driver and his passenger who drove off see Taron’s injuries and think about their actions. Fortunately he was wearing a helmet, or I dread to think what might have happened.”
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Staff at the nearby Sheffield University Law School found Stead and called paramedics to assist him. After hearing about what happened, a local store offered to repair the 17-year-old’s bike for free.
Now, police are actively investigating the incident and are asking the public for help finding out more information. The driver and his female passenger have yet to be identified.