Mum struck on leg as van hurtles towards family of five in Straiton hit and run

Horror hit and run at Straiton retail park

Tuesday, 24th December 2019, 3:08 pm
Updated Tuesday, 24th December 2019, 3:30 pm

A van driver hurtled towards a family of five and struck a mother on the leg before grabbing her from the window of his vehicle.

The shocking incident happened around 5pm yesterday at Straiton Retail Park near Loanhead.

The mum and her family were crossing a zebra crossing near TK Maxx when they noticed a van speeding towards them.

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The incident occurred at a zebra crossing in Straiton retail park. Picture: TSPL
The incident occurred at a zebra crossing in Straiton retail park. Picture: TSPL

She was hit on the leg after attempting to slow the van down, at which point the male driver grabbed her from his window.

The mother broke free before the van driver sped off and hit her on the leg again.

Fortunately, the woman did not require medical treatment as a result of her ordeal.

Police in Midlothian have issued an appeal to trace the driver.

A spokesperson for Police Scotland said: “Around 5pm, a family of five were crossing the road, at a zebra crossing, in Straiton Retail Park near to TK Maxx and the Nike store, when the mother noticed a van driving at speed towards them on the crossing.

“She attempted to slow the van down, however it struck her on the leg. As the driver stopped, he then grabbed the woman from the window of his vehicle.

“She managed to break free and the van drove off hitting her leg again. She did not require medical treatment.

“Enquiries carried out so far have revealed a man assisted the lady and her family, however, he left before police arrived and officers are appealing for him to contact them as he could provide vital information which could assist the investigation.”

Anyone who has information or dash cam footage of the incident is encouraged to contact police on 101.