At around 6.35pm on the evening of Friday 21 June 2013, a red Mini Cooper was travelling out of Harrogate along Ripon Road when the driver lost control of the car as he attempted a right turn at the junction.
The Mini collided with a black BMW which was approaching the junction, before continuing along the road and hitting the two-year-old boy who was riding a bike being pushed by his parents as they were crossing the road.
The little boy was dragged several metres along the road before the vehicle came to a stop. He was taken to Harrogate District Hospital by ambulance, but thankfully only sustained cuts and bruises. He has since been discharged from hospital and is recovering well.
The driver of the Mini, a man in his thirties, was breathalysed at the scene of the collision and was found to be three times over the legal alcohol limit for driving. He was arrested at the scene and released on police bail while enquiries continue.
Police are appealing to anyone who saw the red Mini prior to the collision or witnessed the actual incident to contact the investigating officer, TC Steve Wright on 101, select option 2 and ask for him by name. Or you can email information to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thankfully the little boy was not seriously injured despite being dragged along the road, but the incident could have had far more serious consequences.
We are constantly highlighting the dangers of drinking and driving and it beggars belief that despite all these warnings, people continue to drive after drinking alcohol, knowing the potential consequences.