Boy, 15, fighting for his life after being hit by HGV that didn’t stop at scene

A teenager is fighting for his life in hospital after he was hit by an HGV that did not stop at the scene.

The 15-year-old boy was on foot in Strathaven, South Lanarkshire, when he was struck by the vehicle at around 9.25pm on Saturday.

The driver of the HGV did not stop, but police have said it’s possible that the driver did not know that the boy had been hit.

Emergency services were sent to the scene in Townhead Street and the pedestrian was rushed by ambulance to Hairmyres Hospital in East Kilbride.

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Hospital staff treating the teenager said he remained in a critical condition on Sunday.

Police had been looking to trace the vehicle, believing it was possible the driver had not realised the boy had been hit.

The driver and HGV involved have now been found.

Police are still investigating the circumstances of the collision.

They have issued an appeal for eyewitnesses to contact investigators.

Police Scotland Sergeant Stuart Bell, of the Road Policing Unit, said the HGV was described as a three axle tractor unit with a three axle trailer.

He said it was white with no livery.

He added: "The vehicle involved did not stop after the incident and it is likely that the driver did not realise the vehicle struck the boy.

"Our investigation into this crash is continuing, and I would appeal to any witnesses to the crash to come forward.

"I would also like to hear from any drivers who were in the local area and have dash cam footage, in case they may have witnessed something vital to this enquiry."

Anyone with information is being asked to contact the road policing unit at Motherwell on the 101 number, quoting incident number 4071 of December 1.

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