James Smith, six, was hit by a teenager on an e-scooter in Leicester (Picture: SWNS)
A six-year-old boy has been left with memory loss after he was hit by a teenager riding an electric scooter.
James Smith had been walking with his dad in Elston Fields, Leicester, in August last year when he was hit by the 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons.
He suffered a fractured skull and multiple cuts and bruises, while the teenager fled the scene. Jamie’s family say he has been left traumatised by the incident and is now terrified of going outside.
His older sister Brooklyn described how her brother ‘isn’t able to be a child anymore’ and has missed out on time in school due to his injuries.
In a statement, she said: ‘Our hearts broke when we found out Jamie had been knocked over, physically and mentally we were heartbroken, and in a state of complete panic and anger.
‘The hardest part was hearing of the injuries he sustained including a fractured skull. It took him six weeks after the incident to even look in a mirror because his own reflection genuinely frightened him and he didn’t recognise his own face, which was heart-breaking to see.
The incident occurred in August last year (Picture: SWNS)
Jamie’s family say he is now afraid of going outside and struggles with memory loss (Picture: SWNS)
‘My younger sister, who is eight years old, was sat in my dad’s car and forced to see what happened and she couldn’t do anything.
‘Jamie still can’t comprehend why someone would do this to him. Accident or not this has potentially ruined my baby brother’s life and the boy who did this has shown no remorse whatsoever.’
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Brooklyn said Jamie had suffered from memory loss, nightmares and an ‘irrational fear of the outside world’ since the incident, as he ‘over thinks everything in the worst possible scenario’.
She added: ‘A six-year-old boy shouldn’t have to live with what he is living with, the scars may have faded but to him and us it’s still very fresh in our minds.
‘We are as a family just want to wrap him up in cotton wool and we’d never wish for this to happen to anyone, let alone a poor defenceless little boy. We are broken.’
The teenager admitted causing a serious injury by dangerous driving (Picture: SWNS)
The teenage rider was eventually caught following an appeal by Jamie’s family and friends. He admitted a string of charges including causing a serious injury by dangerous driving.
He also pleaded guilty to failing to stop after a road traffic collision, failing to report a road traffic collision, using a motor vehicle without insurance, using a motor vehicle without a MOT certificate and driving a vehicle otherwise in accordance with a licence.
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Shocking pictures of Jamie’s injuries were released by the police after the teenager appeared at Leicester Youth Court on Monday. He will be sentenced on April 12.
PC Kieran Dempsey, from Leicestershire Roads Policing Unit, said: ‘As this case has demonstrated, electric scooters are dangerous vehicles in the wrong hands and are currently illegal to use both on the road and in public areas.
‘Jamie was left with significant injuries which were initially believed to be life threatening. Thankfully he has made a physical recovery but it was an extremely difficult time for him and his family.’
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