POLICE are hunting a hit and run driver who callously left an eight-year-old boy lying injured at the side of a busy road.
Matthew Surtees was hit by a car driven by a woman dressed in either a nurse’s or carer’s uniform.
But instead of helping him, she launched a tirade of abuse at the stricken youngster before driving off.
Last night, Matthew’s mum Kim described the woman as “the lowest of the low”.
Matthew had almost crossed Whitehouse Lane, which runs through his home village of Ushaw Moor, near Durham City, when he was struck by the car, believed to have been a Fiat Punto.
The youngster was knocked to the ground and hit his head on the road.
But instead of helping him the woman got out of her car and began swearing at him.
Kim, 37, a housewife married to Andrew, said: “She got out of the car and leaned over Matthew, who was injured, and began shouting and swearing at him. He was dazed and very frightened.
“She then got back into the car and drove off.”
Kim, of Hunter Avenue, thanked people in Ushaw Moor, including teenagers from the nearby Deerness Valley Comprehensive School, for coming to her son’s aid.
She explained: “A local man called John Reed, who I know, had seen what had happened in his car mirror.
“When the woman drove off he turned around and came back to help Matthew.
“Teenagers from the school had also seen what had happened and were trying to help.
“John offered Matthew a lift home in his car, but he wouldn’t get in because he didn’t know him, which was the right thing to do.
“But John followed him in his car and the youngsters also stayed with him to make sure he got home OK. We only live five minutes’ walk away but they all made sure he got home safely.”
Kim said she was “horrified” to learn what had happened.
“From the descriptions people have given me the woman was in her 20s or early 30s with dark hair wearing either a nurse’s uniform or a carer’s uniform.
“One of the boys said it looked like one his dental nurse wears.
“Whatever she is, she was despicable driving off like that.”
The incident happened between 4.30pm and 5pm on Monday, January 23. Durham Police only released an appeal for information yesterday.
Matthew sustained cuts and bruises but fortunately escaped serious injury. Officers are now trying to trace the woman and the car, which was either yellow or gold coloured.
PC Samantha Stevens said: “It was quite obvious the woman must have known she had hit the young boy. Instead of trying to help him she stopped, got out the car, shouted at him as he was lying on the ground and then drove off.
“We are anxious to talk to the woman motorist and anyone in the area who witnessed the incident.” Witnesses are urged to call Durham Police by dialling 101 and ask to speak to PC Stevens.