The mother of a 14-year-old hit-and-run victim has spoken of the 'trauma' caused to her family after her daughter was thrown three metres into the air.
Hanna Jones was left with multiple injuries when a silver hatchback struck her at speed on Wise Lane, West Drayton, on Friday November 27.
Now the Year 10 student is back home with family, her mother Michelle recalls the frightening moment it happened and it's dawned on her “what could have happened”.
She said: “I was at home, about to get in the bath, when Hanna's boyfriend tried to knock through the door shouting that Hanna had been run over.
“My eldest daughter ran out with him to see where she was. I threw some clothes on and ran round the streets to find her.
“Luckily, one of my neighbours took me in the car and drove round looking for her.”
Hanna had just got off a U3 bus on Wise Lane, with her boyfriend, and went to cross the road when the car hit her, travelling westbound, and then sped off in an unknown direction.
Michelle continued: “We found her in the bus stop.
“I got out and saw she'd lost consciousness and she couldn't remember a thing: what day it was, what time it was – nothing.
Two strangers rushed over to help and shortly after police and the ambulance arrived to take Hanna to Hillingdon Hospital, where she stayed for a week.
Hanna had an operation for a broken hip and was treated for a broken shoulder and will have to undergo a year of physiotherapy.
Her mother said: “There wasn't hardly any of her skin that wasn't covered in bruises. I've never seen so many bruises on such a tiny body.
“She has her down days and quiet days, she gets frustrated with herself.
“She's said a few times she wished she'd have died but that's a natural reaction because she normally she's out with her friends and she's quite active, so to be laid up in bed in one room is traumatic for her.
“She's on painkillers left right and centre and I'm having to inject her every day.
"It's hard for her and she's got all these different people in and out of her life like surgeons, doctors and therapists - everything is just taking it's toll on her.”
Ms Jones hopes the incident won't be forgotten and that someone will forward with information, after the great impact it has had on her family.
She said: “When it happened I just done what I had to do, now she's home she's getting better it's dawns on you what could have happened.
“It could have killed her and we could have been having a very different Christmas.
“It's not going to be a great Christmas but at the end of the day, I'm just glad she's here. It puts things into perspective.”
Stockley Academy student Hanna is worried for her education and her mother says the effects will continue into the future.
She added: “I really don't know when she's going back to school. It's not just when the bones have healed it's the psychological damage and the effect on her mind.
“She doesn't want to go out when she's usually outdoorsy person. She's scared of roads and cars, she usually gets the bus to school and she's scared of buses now.”
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Uxbridge South Neighbourhoods Policing Team on 07717733882 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.