A four-year-old girl was run over by a teenager on an electric bike after a fight broke out in a park.
Ellie was rushed to Ormskirk Hospital and treated for her injuries following the incident which left her father Marc Ferris feeling “sick”. Marc said the bike was going ‘at least 15 miles an hour’ and the teenager briefly stopped to apologize but ‘had no remorse afterwards’.
The father-of-four said he ‘doesn’t know why children are allowed to have them [electric bikes]and argues that ‘15 miles an hour for a little girl is 50 miles an hour for an adult.’ The incident happened last Wednesday (August 4) when Marc took Ellie to the playground of Formby Pool.
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When a fight broke out, the two teenagers on the electric bike took off to avoid it but hit Ellie, knocking her to the ground. She suffered a “big gash on her head and cuts inside her mouth”.
Marc told ECHO: “It’s a small little path where cars can’t go down. It was going a good 15 miles an hour and there was another child on the handlebars.
“15 miles an hour for a little girl is like 50 miles an hour for an adult. If it had been half a second sooner, the full wheel would have passed her because that’s the handlebars that hit her.
She had a big gash on her head and cuts inside her mouth. It was such a shock that my first instinct was just to make her feel better.”
Marc said the teenager stopped to apologize but quickly left the scene. Police, who had arrived to break up the fight, rushed Ellie to hospital.
He said: “He stopped and shouted I’m sorry but then he got off, he had no remorse afterwards. Five minutes later I saw him driving in the car park at Waitrose messing around with his friends.
“To be honest, when I saw him in the parking lot, I wanted to get out of the car, grab him and smash the bike.”
Ellie was taken to Ormskirk Hospital and treated for her injuries. Marc was constantly talking to his daughter on the way to A&E to keep her from falling asleep in case she had a concussion.
Marc, from Formby, said Ellie was now back home and doing “much better”.
A Merseyside Police spokesperson said: “At approximately 6.10pm on Wednesday August 4th we received a report that a child had been struck by an e-bike outside Formby Pool. The driver of the e-bike allegedly left the scene.
“Officers attended but the man or the bicycle could not be located. The child was taken to hospital by police for treatment for minor injuries.
“It was further reported that there had been an altercation between groups of young people on the grounds behind the pool at the time of the incident. The man on the bike was not believed to have been involved in the altercation, but anyone with information is asked to contact the police.
“If you witnessed the incident or have any information, please contact us via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ with reference 22000562701. You can also contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously , on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.”