A TEENAGER remains critically ill after she was knocked over on a busy Sunderland road.
Two men were arrested after the 17-year-old pedestrian suffered multiple injuries and was left lying in Ormonde Street, Barnes.
Police have charged David Mark Baillie, 39, of Magdalene Place, Sunderland, with causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
He is due to appear at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.
A 38-year-old man has been released with no further action.
Police closed off part of the road at 5.30pm on Tuesday as paramedics treated the girl, believed to be from the Barnes area, before she was flown by air ambulance to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.
Witnesses described how the girl was hit by a blue Volvo and left lying in the middle of Ormonde Street, halfway between traffic lights and a pedestrian crossing. Catharine Parker, 43, was on a shuttle bus which was diverted away.
Ms Parker, of Grangetown, said: “There were two wheels left in the middle of the road and the police were speaking to a man sitting on a blue car.
“There were a lot of people just standing around trying to see what was going on. Because of the time, a lot were coming out of work.”
Officers say they are also keen to trace witnesses who saw a turquoise Vauxhall Corsa in the area which they believe was involved in the incident.
A consultant from Sunderland Royal Hospital treated the girl on board the air ambulance after it took off from Barnes Park in Sunderland, flying to the RVI.
A 35-year-old businessman who was leaving work and saw the aftermath of the accident said: “I’m not surprised something like this has happened. Cars charge through those lights because they don’t stay on green for very long.”
The teenager is in intensive care in the hospital.
Traffic was diverted while collision investigators examined the scene between Cleveland Road and Ormonde Street.
The road was closed for about three hours.
Police are now appealing for anyone in the area at the time to come forward.
A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “Officers are particularly keen to speak to any motorists or pedestrians who were in the Ormonde Street or the roads from the Barnes roundabout area in the time before the collision and who may have seen a blue Volvo S60 or a turquoise Vauxhall Corsa driving in the area.”
l Anyone with information is asked to telephone Northumbria Police on 101.