A MOTHER has spoken out after a driver smashed into a pushchair carrying her daughter before driving off.
Kate Weston, 35, of Stubbington, says her daughter Jolie, three, has suffered nightmares since the hit-and-run crash.
It happened while Kate was waiting to cross Titchfield Road next to the exit of a car boot sale with Jolie in the chair, and older daughter Eleanor, four, on a buggy board behind her.
An old-looking beige car came out of the junction she was standing next to, crossed the grass verge and hit the black and bright orange pushchair.
Kate said: ‘He didn’t realise just how close he came to doing her damage.’
‘He took it [the corner] too quickly and jumped forward.
‘The two wheels on [the] side nearest the car were the ones that staved in, they went underneath her.
‘It was the back passenger side of his car that did it – it moved the pushchair round so he definitely would have felt it.’
She then quickly checked to see if Jolie was safe after the smash.
She said: ‘I had to pick the pushchair up with her in it and walk across the street, and my other daughter ran alongside.’
‘In the confusion my other daughter thought she’d been badly hurt and that’s why I was carrying her.’
Kate said she and husband Alan, 42, had to fork out £50 on a new pushchair after the incident, which happened on June 9 at 11.15am.
Now Kate wants anyone who saw the car to call the police and is angry the driver, in his 60s and similarly-aged female passenger, left the scene.
‘He was watching me as he did it,’ she said.
‘I was staring at him in the window in disbelief.’
‘He was looking at me in the mirror, paused briefly and drove off.’
Little Jolie has since woken up in her new pushchair after having a nightmare about the incident.
Kate said: ‘My mum phoned me at work and said she woke up in the new pushchair and said “mummy, mummy, someone’s going to hit my pushchair”.
‘We’ve assumed that it didn’t affect her at all but it’s in her head somewhere.’
Another driver had told Kate he would get the registration number but no information has been passed to the police.
The car was seen heading toward the Titchfield gyratory after the incident.
Anyone with information is asked to call Park Gate police on 101.