A teenage girl has been left with a fractured skull and a bleed on the brain after being ploughed into by a motorbike.
Isobel Rhodes was feared dead after being hit by a vehicle as she stepped out into Southcoates Lane in east Hull on Monday, December 3.
The 19-year-old had just left her parent’s house with her girlfriend Katie Lloyd, 25, when tragedy struck, with the teenager flung 10 metres before landing in the middle of the road.
Miss Lloyd, who watched the collision unfold before her eyes, said: “We were just approaching the path to cross the road to get to my car on the other side.
“As we approached, there was this car coming which allowed us to cross because it flashed its lights but as we did I could hear a bike in the distance and, as we got to the centre of the road, I could see its headlights coming round from where the BP Garage is.
“We’d stepped out to cross and I remember it just hitting Isobel and it came at us so fast – it all happened within seconds.
“I saw her lying down in the road and I could see blood. She wasn’t moving and I thought she was dead. It was only from the noises she was making I could tell she was alive.”
Amazingly, a shaken up Isobel managed to pick herself up and return to her home nearby, but she was later taken to hospital in a neck brace and kept in for two days before being released on Wednesday afternoon.
As well as suffering a fractured skull and a bleed on the brain, she has cuts and bruises down her arm, a broken shoulder and large haematoma on the side of her body.
With the collision happening right outside her home, Isobel’s father William Rhodes heard a bang before heading outside to see his daughter, who has Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder and Asperger Syndrome, lying in the middle of the road.
“I thought she was dead,” he said. “She wasn’t moving, she was face down and there was blood coming out of her ears and her head.
“I didn’t even know she’d gone out and I thought my daughter was still in her bedroom upstairs. I shouted to her to call 999 because there had been a serious accident and then when I got no reply I soon found out Isobel had been hit.
“Katie put her arms out to try and stop Isobel but she took one step and the bike took my daughter out. I think then the handlebars of the bike must have lifted her up and pulled her along.”
The motorbike ended up mangled after it went on to crash into a parked car in Southcoates Lane. The extent of the biker’s injuries are not known but no arrests have been made by Humberside Police.
After the horror crash, Mr Rhodes has labelled Southcoates Lane as “dangerous” with drivers and youths allegedly flouting the 30mph speed limit.
He is worried that someone will soon be killed and he wants his daughter’s terrifying ordeal to act as the catalyst for traffic calming measures to be imposed.
“They’ve put a speedometer and it’s actually made the situation worse. I’ve seen it go up to 80mph and even recovery trucks have done 55mph down there.
“I’ve seen kids in Asda trolleys pushing each other down from the flyover in the middle of the road to see how high they can get. It’s like it’s a challenge for them.
“I fear that there will be a fatality and something needs to change.”
Anyone with information for Humberside Police about the crash which happened at approximately 5.30pm on December 3 should call 101 quoting log 417 of that date.
A spokesman for Hull City Council said: “We are awaiting information from the police and will not be considering any action until we have received the information.”
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