Family appeals for Gosport hit-and-run driver to come forward

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THE family of a boy left with terrible injuries after being hit by a car are today pleading with the driver to come forward.

Eight-year-old Tom Hooper broke his leg in three places, cut his face and was left with a black eye when he was hit by a car in Eastbourne Avenue, Gosport.

The driver of the car did not stop after the collision, which happened at 5.30pm on Tuesday.

Tom, a pupil at Elson Junior School, had been crossing the road in between two parked cars with his brother 24-year-old Ben Hooper.

The pair had been going to Ben’s house nearby to play video games.

As soon as the collision happened Ben picked Tom up and carried him into the family home, in Eastbourne Avenue, where sister Alex, 21, gave him first aid.

Eight-year-old Tom Hooper in hospital with his brother Ben

Eight-year-old Tom Hooper in hospital with his brother Ben

Ben said he felt ‘helpless’ when the crash happened and ran to his brother’s side without taking a description of the car.

Ben said: ‘To me it amazes me that someone would not stop.

‘I would like to understand what’s happened.

‘I don’t want a witch-hunt. I would appeal for them to come forward to understand why they did not stop.

‘I hope someone feels remorse if they knew they did it and if they did not know, I would hope they still come forward.’

Tom’s father Michael Hooper said: ‘I heard a scream and a bang.

‘Everything happened at once. I put my slippers on and rushed out the door to see my other son lifting Tom in. We were more interested in Tom than taking notice of the car and the driver just sped off.’

The family called for an ambulance, which took Tom and mum Annette Baker, 48, to Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, where Tom is still receiving treatment.

Mr Hooper added: ‘It is the fact that they didn’t stop.

‘Even if you had hit a cat you would stop and pick it up.

‘Why didn’t they stop? Had they been drinking? No tax? No insurance?

‘All these silly things run through your mind.

‘We all drive down the road and the worst thing you could do is hit a child. We are lucky it was just broken bones.’

PC Phil Hunt, from Hampshire Constabulary, said: ‘Police are appealing for witnesses. But we would particularly like to speak to the driver of the car involved which we believe travelled on towards Brockhurst Road following the collision.’

Call 101 with information.