Hit-run driver tells her victim 'You're an idiot' and drives off

AN angry Kingscliff mother wants the driver involved in a hit-and-run accident which could leave her son with a permanent disability to come forward and say sorry. Mel Giallongo's boy Jay, 12, suffered an arm so badly broken it was "bent right out of shape" after he was hit by a car on a pedestrian crossing near the corner of Cudgen Road and the Tweed Coast Road on his way to Kingscliff High School about 8.10am on Monday. The force of the impact pushed Jay up onto the car's bonnet before he rolled off. The lone driver, a blonde woman, stopped the car, jumped out, told Jay he was an "idiot", asked him how he was and then quickly drove away, according to Mrs Giallongo and Jay. Mrs Giallongo said a friend turned up a few minutes later to drop her children at school, saw Jay standing in shock on the roadside and immediately drove him home. "Jay should not have been riding his bicycle on the pedestrian crossing, he knows that now, but he was lucky he was on a bike," Mrs Giallongo said yesterday. "If he was walking he might have been pushed under the car and suffered even more serious internal injuries. "His arm was broken in three places, from the elbow down," she said. She said Jay had told her that when the driver asked him how he was, he indicated he was okay, but he was obviously in shock after the sudden, hard impact and clearly had a badly injured arm. Jay said he was "pretty scared" when the woman jumped out of her car, and he was completely stunned by what had happened. Mrs Giallongo drove Jay from their John Robb Way home to Murwillumbah hospital where he was x-rayed and then advised to go directly to The Tweed Hospital at Tweed Heads. Jay spent about an hour anaesthetised in the operating theatre and remained in hospital until Wednesday afternoon. He was resting at home yesterday with a large plaster cast on his arm. "I'm worried how he might go back at school if he gets a knock on the arm, he's told me he will never ride his bike again and he's uneasy sitting in the car," Mrs Giallongo said. "He's also really upset he can't play in the school soccer team, he was only just selected and he missed the first game. "The doctors said if it doesn't heal properly he might not regain proper use of his hand, that's just terrible. "I'd like this lady, whoever she is, to come forward and acknowledge what she's done. "You can't just hit a child in your car and then drive away. "We think she should pay Jay a visit and tell him she's sorry." The car involved in the accident is described only as a white, new model, with Queensland registration plates. Mrs Giallongo said police had interviewed a number of witnesses to the accident, including a school-bus driver and some students, and had told her the hit-and-run driver could face criminal charges. Inspector Darren Steel said the driver of a vehicle involved in the accident had not yet been identified. "This matter is still under investigation, and if someone is aware they were involved they should present themselves and provide their version of what occurred," Insp Steel said.



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