A FOOTBALL-MAD teenager has been told he will never play again after being left for dead by a hit-and-run driver on a pedestrian crossing.
Michael Douthwaite was hit as he crossed at the junction of Washington Road and Hylton Lane in Castletown.
His right ankle was shattered in the impact and he also suffered other broken bones in his legs.
Fourteen-year-old Michael had been to a youth club with friends and was making his way home to Boston Street, in Town End Farm ,when he was hit by a silver/grey car which did not stop.
Michael is now recovering at home, but mum Jeanette Hanson said he was facing regular treatment at Sunderland Royal Hospital for months to come.
“He is going to be off his feet for up to a year,” she said.
He was a keen footballer and used to play all the time with his friends – he will never play football again.Jeanette Hanson
“He was a keen footballer and used to play all the time with his friends – he will never play football again.
“It is going to be a long recovery, he just has to keep going back.
“The hospital has been absolutely brilliant.”
Michael is unable return to classes at Castleview Academy until he is more mobile.
“He can’t even go back to school,” said Jeanette.
“I don’t think the school is insured for him in case he hurts himself.
“Some days he is fine, but some times he is very quiet and just sits in his bedroom”
Jeanette is in no doubt that the driver of the car would have known exactly what had happened after hitting her son at around 9pm on Friday, March 6.
“There was a woman walking her dog nearby and she heard the thud,” she said.
“I am really angry that someone could just drive away – I think they are scum.”
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward. Anyone who was in the area at the time and witnessed the collision is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191, quoting log number 1261 of 06/03/15.