A man has been jailed after he fled the scene of a collision in Tuebrook that left a six-year-old girl with a head injury.
Lewis Lally, aged 24, of no fixed address, was sentenced to two years and three months at Liverpool Crown Court today, Tuesday 14 June, for causing serious injury by dangerous driving, following a guilty plea.
Lally also received a three-year driving ban.
On Friday 4 March just after 6pm we received a report that an electric bike was in collision with a six-year-old girl on Windsor Road.
The girl was taken to hospital with head injuries. She remained in hospital for a week after the incident, but is now recovering well at home.
Lally, who was riding a non-road legal electric bike, fled the scene.
Shortly after the collision, Lally left the UK. Following an extensive investigation, by Merseyside Police and partners across Europe Lally was arrested back in Liverpool on Sunday 27 March.
He was charged and remanded into custody.
A 22-year-old man from Liverpool and a 33-year-old man from Widnes were also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, as it was reported they helped Lally leave the UK after the incident. They have since been released under investigation pending further enquiries.
Roads Policing Sergeant Simon Duffy said, “Lewis Lally left a 6-year-old girl on the road with serious injury on a busy Monday evening. We welcome that he is now behind bars and can reflect on the consequences of his actions.
“We would like to thank those who responded to our appeal and came forward with information which helped us arrest Lally.
“We simply will not tolerate dangerous driving on the streets of Merseyside – it is utterly reckless and puts our residents at unnecessary risk on our roads.
“Off-road bikes, particularly when ridden in an antisocial manner, can injuries both to the riders and to other road users and are not permitted to be ridden on public roads or pavements.
“Through our year-round Operation Brookdale, we work with partners from Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS), the National Police Air Service (NPAS), local authorities, housing associations, schools and youth groups to target the anti-social and nuisance use of off-road bikes.
“Since Op Brookdale began in 2012, we have seen a year-on-year decrease in reports of anti-social behaviour and nuisance involving off-road motorbikes across Merseyside and we will make sure that work continues.
“Our best chance of removing anti-social use of off-road bikes is to know where bikes are being stored before they get out on our streets. I would appeal to anyone with information about illegal or nuisance scrambler bikes in their areas to get in touch with us and I can assure them that we will take action.”
You can pass any information to police about any driving offences in your community via our social media desk @MerPolCC on Twitter or ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ on Facebook, or call the independent charity @CrimestoppersUK anonymously on 0800 555 111.
You can also contact them via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information Always call 999 if a crime is in progress.
Merseyside Police also work with Aftermath, a registered charity providing immediate and expert support for all those involved in road traffic collisions. More details can be found here: https://www.aftermathsupport.org.uk/