Father of teen who suffered brain bleed in hit-and-run demands justice

‘They left our son for dead’: Father of 16-year-old cyclist who suffered a bleed on the brain from a horror hit-and-run demands driver is brought to justice

  • Harvey Aitken, 16, suffered serious head injuries when he was struck by the car 

The father of a 16-year-old boy who suffered a bleed on the brain from a horror hit-and-run has demanded the driver is brought to justice. 

Teenager Harvey Aitken was ‘left for dead’ after suffering serious head injuries when he was struck by a car while cycling in Wharfdale Road in Tyseley, Birmingham, at around 11.35pm on July 9. 

Police said that the boy was hospitalised for three weeks and despite surviving, he has struggled with a speech impediment and memory loss from the injuries which could take at least two years to recover from.

Harvey’s heartbroken father Andrew Aitken has called for any witnesses to the crash to come forward in a bid to track down the driver. ‘We as his parents feared for his life and it has been such a battle for the family unit as a whole,’ he said.

‘I am appealing to anyone who saw or heard anything that night to please contact the police because the person responsible needs to be brought to justice. They left our 16-year-old son lying in the road for dead.

Teenager Harvey Aitken (pictured in hospital) suffered serious head injuries after being struck by the car in Wharfdale Road, Tyseley, at around 11.35pm on July 9

Police want to speak to the driver of this car (pictured) who struck Harvey, pulled up and left shortly afterwards

‘Thankfully Harvey is a strong lad and a survivor but this incident has had a profound impact on his life.’

Police are now desperately looking to speak to two people – the motorist who struck the boy and shortly pulled up afterwards and another who appeared to flash the driver in question. They both drove off afterwards.

Cops are urging both drivers to come forward with information about the shocking incident.

Harvey’s father also told of the devastating moment that he received a phone call in the middle of the night which was ‘every parents’ worst nightmare’.

‘When I received the phone call at 3am that morning my heart sank, it is every parents’ worst nightmare.

‘The whole family has been impacted by this incident, including Harvey’s five siblings who were distressed to hear what had happened to their brother.’ 

He added: ‘Harvey has suffered a severe brain trauma as a result of this hit-and-run and we have been told it will take up to two years for him to fully recover.’

A second motorist (pictured) flashed his lights at the first driver but also left shortly after. Police want to speak to them too

A West Midlands Police spokesperson said: ‘We’re appealing for information after a teenager sustained serious head injuries following a hit-and-run collision in Birmingham. 

‘We’d urge the driver of vehicle one to do the right thing and come forward to explain exactly what happened.

‘We’d also ask the driver of vehicle two to contact us as they may have vital information which can help us trace the car and who was behind the wheel.’


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