People speak of shock after cyclist, 11, is hurt in Gosport hit and run

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A YOUNG girl was injured after a car crashed into her and drove off.

The 11-year-old was cycling across Heritage Way at its junction with Elson Road, Gosport, at 8am on Wednesday, when a black vehicle collided with her bicycle.

It is horrible the driver carried on.

Paula Lockwood

She was knocked off her bike and suffered minor injuries. The girl was treated at Gosport War Memorial Hospital walk-in centre.

The vehicle – described by police as ‘medium-sized’ – continued north along Heritage Way towards the A32 Fareham Road, Hampshire police said.

A spokeswoman added: ‘Officers investigating the incident are appealing for anyone who may have witnesses the collision or who knows the identity of the driver to come forward.’

Parents of children attending nearby Elson Junior School spoke of their shock at the incident.

One mum who did not want to be named has a daughter in Year 5. She said: ‘It is an awful thing to happen so close to a school.

‘The fact the driver did not stop to check on the young girl makes it even worse.

‘With both Elson schools and Brune Park School nearby, children are travelling to school along that route and drivers should be more careful.’

Another parent added: ‘I am shocked that a young girl was hit. That route always seems so safe.’

Paula Lockwood lives on Elson Lane. She said: ‘So many children travel to and from schools around here that drivers should be aware. I hope the girl is okay.

‘It is horrible that the driver carried on.’

Call Acting Police Sergeant James Chapman, from Havant Roads Policing Unit, on 101, quoting 44160177004.