Mum tells of horror as hit and run driver hits baby’s pram

Stacie Lothian, her partner Jeff, children Kenzie (3) and Kaylan, (7 mths) at their home in Currie.   Picture: Ian Rutherford
Stacie Lothian, her partner Jeff, children Kenzie (3) and Kaylan, (7 mths) at their home in Currie. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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A MUM has told of the horror moment a car knocked over her baby son’s pram before speeding off.

Stacie Lothian was out for a walk with seven-month-old Kaylan Cruickshank in Currie when the terrifying incident happened.

Stacie Lothian with Kaylan, (7 mths) in the buggy at the scene where they had a narrow escape .   Picture Ian Rutherford

Stacie Lothian with Kaylan, (7 mths) in the buggy at the scene where they had a narrow escape . Picture Ian Rutherford

She was pushing the pram across the road near the roundabout on Riccarton Mains Road, at its junction with Bryce Road, when a white Ford Fiesta “came out of nowhere”.

The car knocked the buggy out of her hands and skidding along the ground before the driver fled the scene without checking if Kaylan had been hurt.

Stacie, 28, admitted she feared the worst as she frantically jumped to her son’s aid.

She said: “The buggy just fell out of my hands, fell on its side and I saw it slide up the road a bit.

The guy in the car just looked at me before he turned round and drove off. It was petrifying, I still feel shaken now.

Stacie Lothian

“I was so shaken up, all I could do was scream Kaylan’s name.

“I rushed over and picked the pram up, but Kaylan wasn’t even crying, he was just staring at me blankly.

“The guy in the car just looked at me before he turned round and drove off.

“It was petrifying, I still feel shaken now.

“I was just walking home after visiting my mum, she had offered me a lift but I decided to walk because it isn’t often Kaylan actually falls asleep in his pram.

“The car just came out of nowhere and it knocked the buggy over.”

Stacie, from Muir Wood Road, rushed Kaylan home, but after he was sick and less communicative than usual she decided to take him to the Sick Kids Hospital with partner Jeff Cruickshank.

Doctors there ruled that he had not suffered any injuries and he was allowed to go home a short time later.

Stacie said: “I’m so relieved Kaylan is OK – it could have been so much worse.

“The only damage he had was a little red mark from the impact of the buggy, he’s absolutely fine now.

“I think it’s disgusting the man didn’t even stop to see if my baby was still alive, he could have killed him.”

Police are now hunting the driver of the white Ford Fiesta involved in the incident, which took place around 2pm on Tuesday.

He was last seen travelling north along Riccarton Mains Road towards the A71 Calder Road, and is described as being white, in his early-to-mid 20s and with short dark hair.

Stacie said: “I can’t believe the nerve of the guy who hit him. He doesn’t know that he’s not killed my baby and he may have been scared, but he needs to come forward now.

“If anyone else saw anything then please go to the police and help catch the guy.”

Inspector Liz Duthie from Oxgangs Police Station said: “It is extremely fortunate the young baby did not suffer injury as a result of this collision, but his mother was left extremely distraught.”