A British man, who had posted an appeal on Facebook to find a supposed hit-and-run driver that injured his son, later found out he was the culpri.
Jamie Ellison and Gloucestershire police both initially appealed to the public for information about the incident after Ellison’s 15-month-old son was found injured in front of the family’s home on Friday, according to 9 News.
“I beg anyone who was on Hester's Way Road between 8:30 and 8:40....doing school runs or catching a bus… to please call the police and help find who did this to my little man,” Ellison reportedly wrote on Facebook.
But footage from a nearby surveillance camera, later reviewed by police, indicated that Ellison was the one who hit his son.
It’s a mistake that Ellison has now said “will never be etched from my mind.”
"That guilt will be with me forever," he added.
The incident was initially reported by the Gloucestershire Echo. The paper later published comments Ellison made to the Echo’s Facebook page.
In them, the father said he had no idea the boy was behind the car and that he accidentally hit him as he was pulling out of his driveway while taking his daughters to school. Ellison said he never felt a thing as he pulled away from his house.
“Could you imagine what I felt like then knowing I nearly killed my own son completely unaware that I was responsible,” Ellison wrote in part.
The father also addressed those critical of him.
“So please understand this is an accident…,” he wrote. “I [don't] want bad things said about me or my family....[we're] decent hard working parents and trying to do our best its a horrible [tragedy] and no one is more sorry than I am as I look at cuts in bruises on my son....constantly thinking what if.....what if.”
Ellison said his son, who was taken to the hospital for treatment, is “recovering well and young enough to forget this day.”
Police said they are not treating the accident as suspicious and will not take any further action against the father, according to the Mirror. A police spokeswoman said police believe Ellison did not realize he had hit his son and that is why the incident wasn’t reported to authorities.