Biker nearly killed young family

Christina Gray with her two daughters Ellie 5 and Amelia 3, on Cowpen Road in Blyth where they were struck by a hit and run motorcyclist.
Christina Gray with her two daughters Ellie 5 and Amelia 3, on Cowpen Road in Blyth where they were struck by a hit and run motorcyclist.

A MOTHER fears her children could have been killed after they were involved in a hit and run accident with a motorbike in Blyth.

Christina Gray and her children Elly, five and Amelia, three, were hit by a motorcyclist who had cut through the stationary traffic on Cowpen Road.

The 25-year-old was knocked unconscious after being hit by the bike at speed, while her children suffered cuts and bruises.

The crashas left all three with physical and mental injuries, with Christina saying her children are now being woken by nightmares as they come to terms with what happened.

Speaking for the first time about the crash, which happened at 4.15pm on Wednesday, June 8, Christina said: “I was in the traffic island crossing the road, and the traffic was stationary – the bike cut through the traffic and I just remember waking up and hearing the bairns screaming. “My five-year-old is covered in grazes and scraches and hers to her arms and legs, I’m on crutches and a gash on my foot.

“The police said we were lucky. He could have killed my kids, and he didn’t even stop. He was travelling some speed and he didn’t even have the decency to stop.

“The kids have been having nightmares, screaming about a man with a motorbike, it is horrible.

“He knew what he did, and he just sped off. One of the people who saw it said he wobbled after he hit us, so he must have realised what he had done.

“I want him caught and I want an example made of him.

“It is a dangerous road and it happens too much – when we were waiting for the ambulance another bike did the same thing again.

“He could have killed my kids – it doesn’t bear thinking about.”

Motor patrols officers in Northumberland are appealing for the rider of a motorbike involved in the collision to hand himself into police.

The bike is described as red and may have had an L-plate attached to a rear suspension strut.

Motor patrols Sergeant Jason Ryder said: “I’d appeal for the rider of the motorbike to contact police as soon as possible.

“Fortunately no one was seriously injured in this incident, however, the rider of the bike would not have known this at the time when they fled the scene.

“We are following up on a numerous positive enquiries and speaking to several members of the public who witnessed the collision. We have a good description of the vehicle and we are confident of identifying whoever is responsible.

“I’d urge whoever was riding the motorbike to hand themselves into police as soon as they can. I’d also ask for anyone who knows who is responsible to pass on any information they have to police.”

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run is asked to call police on 03456 043043 ext 69191 and ask to speak to motor patrols officers in Northumberland or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.