Police hunt launched after hit-and-run driver leaves 16-year-old boy in critical condition

Jupiter Drive, Hemel Hempstead - Google Street View
Jupiter Drive, Hemel Hempstead - Google Street View

A teenager is in critical condition after being smashed into by a hit-and-run driver yesterday evening.

The 16-year-old boy was struck in Jupiter Drive, Highfield, at about 8.25pm – and police have now confirmed that the car failed to stop.

The teenager suffered quite a few head injuries as well a back injury that may have been spinal, the East of England Ambulance Service said today.

A rapid response car, land ambulance, air ambulance and paramedic officer - or duty manager - were sent out to help him.

He was taken to St Mary’s Hospital in London for specialist treatment by land ambulance after reports suggest his condition was not stable enough for helicopter transport.

He had arrived at the hospital by 10.10pm, where he remains.

Police have launched an appeal to find the blue car, and its driver, and want anyone with any information that could relate to the collision to come forward.

They believe that there is likely to be substantial damage to the front of the car and that it probably has a smashed windscreen.

If someone comes looking for these kind or repairs – or if you have any other details that could help police find the culprit – phone the non-emergency number 101. Ask for PC Dave Clarke at the collision investigation unit, quoting reference ISR 697 of August 22.

Sergeant Sam Cordingly from the Roads Policing Unit is leading the hunt for the driver of the car.

He said: “We are actively seeking the driver of the blue car and we would ask that they make contact with police as a matter of urgency.

“The vehicle is likely to have a broken windscreen, as well as other damage so I’d like to ask for the public’s help in locating the vehicle.

“I would urge anyone who sees a vehicle with similar damage apparently parked up or abandoned to call us.

“I would also appeal to any mechanics, who may encounter a blue vehicle presented for repairs to get in contact before undertaking such work.

“If anyone has seen this vehicle, or has a relative who drives a blue car and may have come home in a distressed state, I would urge that they contact police immediately.”