Scots teen ‘left lying on the road coughing blood’ after hit and run

A Scots teen was left lying on the road coughing blood and unable to feel his legs after being mowed down by a car that failed to stop.

Michael Smith’s mother claims he was left outside of Pure Gym, Saughton, for around 10 minutes as he couldn’t reach his phone to call for help.

The 19-year-old was knocked down in a hit and run around 8..30pm on Saturday night as he was driving an electric scooter on Gorgie Road.

He was rushed to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary after members of the public came to his aid.

Police are appealing for witnessed to come forward after the electric car involved, thought to be blue or silver, fled the scene.

As reported in Edinburgh Live, the teen struggled to stay awake as two first aiders desperately tried to stop him from losing consciousness.

Michael’s mother Natalie said: “Michael was hit by a car this evening at PureGym, he was wearing a blue reflection top so the driver would have seen him.

“He was left for 10 minutes on his own and couldn’t reach his phone to get help.

“Thankfully, a young lad found him and helped him call myself, his mum.

“We have no information on car at all, and we were at the scene for at least 45 minute, no driver returned.

“It’s absolutely disgusting. I know accidents happen but he should have stopped to check

“Michael is 19 years old and 5ft 8. blonde hair, with a skinny build to him.

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“He can’t feel his legs and has facial and body bruises and lacerations to his spine and hip pain.

“That road and street is an absolute nightmare, they drive so fast there.”

Glenn Mcintyre, a first-aider and witness at the scene, said: “I was the first-aider on scene before a high school teacher from Bouroughmuir came and assisted me.

“I was informed that a lad was lying outside on the ground by a family member looking out the window. I saw there were no paramedics or anyone giving him medical attention.

“So I stuck some shorts and hoodie on and ran over to give him medical attention by placing him in recovery position, whilst his mum (and possibly his sister) were there aswell as another bystander, who’s name I’m unsure of but they work at scotmid in balgreen.

“His mum called an ambulance and they took about 20 minutes to arrive, during that time he was coughing blood and trying to fall asleep but I kept him awake and vigilant by talking about how he finished college and his girlfriend etc.

“Until secondary first aider came and assisted me, I spoke to the mother who was obviously shaken and gave her my details, and waited with her whilst the ambulance took him in on a gurdey and stretcher to run some tests.

“The police then arrived and spoke to his mother about it, and they asked for my details as I was first-aider on scene, they went into the ambulance and asked for his recollection of the incident.

“The ambulance then left and whilst me and the teacher were talking with his girlfriend and friend keeping them calm, talking about how it’s so dangerous at night there – and during the day.”

Constable Neill Sage, from the Edinburgh Road Policing Unit, said: “We are carrying out extensive enquiries to establish the full circumstances of this incident and are keen to trace the driver of the car involved.

“If you witnessed the crash, or have any possible dashcam footage from the Gorgie Road area last night, please call police on 101, quoting incident 3709.”

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