A 12-year-old girl suffered a broken leg and cracked teeth after a hit and run that snapped her bicycle in two.

Alexus Morris was standing on the pavement with her cousin in Tong Moor, Lancashire, when the car mowed into them, hurled her against the windscreen and threw her 20ft into the air.

Pictures showing the youngster covered in blood with her teeth in a metal brace show the horrible injuries she was left with.

Her six-year-old cousin Regan McMinn, narrowly escaped as the driver of the red Toyota Yaris failed to stop and sped off along the street on Saturday evening.

Alexus’s parents have hit out at the ‘coward’ driver for speeding off without even checking if she was alive.

Her mum Nikki, 32, said: ‘It’s disgusting for him not to make sure that she was okay.

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‘He just sped off leaving her in the road. If I were him, I couldn’t live with myself, to think he could have killed her.’

Emergency services attended and Alexus was rushed to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital with a broken leg, fractured wrist, broken teeth, facial injuries as well as cuts and bruises.

She was kept at the hospital overnight before being released.

Alexus, who is now recovering at home, said that at the time of the smash there had been an altercation further down the street involving a group of males and the driver of the car.

Alexus said: ‘I was talking with Regan and heard a lot of shouting and swearing.

‘The driver turned the car around and I could hear him revving the engine and braking hard and swerving as he came down the street at speed.

‘I just closed my eyes when I saw he was going to hit me on the pavement and that was the last thing I remembered until the ambulance people arrived later.’

Nikki explained that the car was going unusually fast for the heavily pedestrianised area and that cars are usually aware of children playing out.

She said: ‘It’s just awful, Alexus is usually so active so been cooped up indoors during the holidays is really hard.

‘I also think her confidence playing outside and on her bike around cars will be severely knocked.’

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Dad Graham, 36, explained that Regan had also been affected by the incident: ‘Regan is shocked but otherwise unharmed but was crying when he saw what had happened to his cousin.

‘After the accident, the lads involved in the altercation ran off but just like the driver, they are utter cowards.’

A police spokesman said: ‘A girl was left lying in the road with multiple injuries as the driver fled the scene.

‘Although those injuries were thankfully not life-threatening, they will sadly be life-changing for her.

‘We are doing everything we can to find the driver but are desperate to hear from anyone who saw a red car in the area around the time of the collision.

‘If you know who is responsible for this incident, I’d appeal to your better judgement and urge you to police.’

Anyone with any information should call police on 101 quoting incident number 1965 of 18 August 2018.

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