A three-year-old girl has been left with “life-changing” injuries after being hit by a man riding an e-scooter in south London, police have said.
The incident happened in Myatt’s Fields Park, Lambeth, at about 8.30pm on Monday. She had been in the park with her family when the collision happened, and was taken to a south London hospital by her relatives.
The Metropolitan police believe the young man, who was with a group of people with another e-scooter and a bicycle, stopped after the incident to say sorry.
The force was alerted to the incident on Tuesday after the girl’s condition deteriorated. She is in a stable condition but her injuries have been assessed as life-changing. Her next of kin are being supported by specialist officers.
DI Lucie Card, of the Met police, said: “A little girl has been left in a serious condition after this collision and her family are, of course, very distressed.
“We have reason to believe that the e-scooter’s rider stopped after the collision and apologised to the little girl’s mother. It may be that they haven’t realised the severity of the girl’s injuries and thought she was OK.
“I am asking this person to please come forward and speak to us because we do need to understand what happened. I know it might feel a little overwhelming, but please do the right thing and call us or go to your nearest police station.
“We are also keen to hear from anyone in Myatt’s Fields Park at around 20.30 last night. Please do get in touch with us if you witnessed what happened, or have information about the circumstances.”
Officers from the serious collision investigation unit (SCIU) are investigating and conducting CCTV inquiries.
Witnesses are urged to call the SCIU at Catford Traffic Garage on 020-8285 1574 quoting CAD 7891/19JUL.