Tyne & Wear

Lauren Pollin leaves hospital after Newcastle hit-and-run

Lauren Pollin
Image caption The driver of the car who hit Lauren Pollin has yet to come forward

An 11-year-old Newcastle girl who was injured in a hit-and-run has been allowed home from hospital.

Lauren Pollin was hit by a car on Hexham Road in Throckley, on 17 October and airlifted to hospital.

The youngster, who described her experience as "shocking", made a hospital bed appeal to the driver to come forward.

But, Northumbria Police said detectives were still trying to identify the driver through CCTV footage.

Lauren was hit as she was leaving school spent some time in intensive care.

Cards and presents

Her mother Kelly said: "She is doing really well. The swelling on her face has gone down but she is still very bruised.

"She is going to go back to school after half-term, but she'll start off doing half days.

"We've constantly had a houseful of visitors and she's got lots of balloons and cards and presents. The support we've received has been amazing."

A police spokeswoman said officers were determined to find the driver and issued a further appeal for witnesses.

Mrs Pollen added: "I don't think the shock has really hit her yet and I am worried about what effect the whole thing might have on her psychologically.

"She's not been back to the scene of the accident yet and I think that will be hard for her."

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