A FIFTEEN year old girl is ‘lucky to be alive’ according to police – after being struck by a car in what was described as a ‘hit and run’ incident on Saturday night.
The incident, which occurred on Henry Street, Enniskillen, took place at around midnight on February 15.
It is understood the teenager had been crossing the road at the time, while police indicated that the driver, vacated the scene.
A 27-year-old man was subsequently by police arrested and released on bail pending further enquiries.
Police inspector Roy Robinson said it was ‘by the grace of God’ that the girl wasn’t killed.
“It was on Saturday, the 15th, at midnight basically. It was exactly midnight – the 15-year-old was hit by a car. She was taken to hospital and was then detained overnight in the children’s ward, it’s by the grace of God that she wasn’t killed.
“The driver drove off and the police have subsequently arrested the driver. He wasn’t going to hang about,” he added.
“He was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, failure to stop and failing to remain at the scene. It could have so easily been a terrible tragedy.”
A local resident described the commotion in the aftermath of the collision.
“I heard a lot of commotion, someone sounded hurt and I overheard a girl indicating someone was on the ground,” he said, “Not long after a few emergency vehicles arrived on the scene.
“I could just hear it from the house and thought maybe someone had been arguing which happens quite a lot on that street with people coming back from drinking for the night.”
He went on: “But then I heard someone that I assume was a friend speaking to the emergency services about her being on the ground. Not long after the emergency services all arrived at around the same time. I was a bit concerned so was about to attend to the scene to make sure she was OK but thankfully the paramedics and police turned up.”
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