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'They could have killed her': Mum's horror as daughter becomes victim of hit-and-run on last day of school

PUBLISHED: 16:17 23 July 2019 | UPDATED: 16:17 23 July 2019

Miya Newman, 11, and her mother Hannah Button, 29. Photo: Hannah Button

Miya Newman, 11, and her mother Hannah Button, 29. Photo: Hannah Button

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A mother has spoken of her terror at finding out her daughter was involved in a hit-and-run on her last day of primary school.

Miya Newman, 11 years old, was involved in a hit-and-run on her last day of primary school. Photo: Hannah ButtonMiya Newman, 11 years old, was involved in a hit-and-run on her last day of primary school. Photo: Hannah Button

11-year-old Miya Newman was riding her pink mountain bike home from her last day at St. Benet's Catholic School when she was involved in a collision with a car that then fled the scene.

Her mother Hannah Button, 29, said: "If she had gone one second beforehand she would have been dead.

"Miya was really shaken, really scared, and lost all her confidence.

The junction of Ashman's Road and London Road in Beccles, where the incident took place.The junction of Ashman's Road and London Road in Beccles, where the incident took place.

"She only started riding her bike on the roads two weeks ago after doing her safety course. She had her high-vis jacket on and a helmet, it's lucky.

"She's a switched on child and I would never have let her bike on the road otherwise."

The collision took place at the junction between Ashman's road and London road in Beccles on Thursday, July 18, at 3.25pm.

Miya is an avid horse rider, but the accident shook her, and made her lose confidence. Photo: Hannah ButtonMiya is an avid horse rider, but the accident shook her, and made her lose confidence. Photo: Hannah Button

Miss Button said: "She left school on her last day of primary, and she went down and cut through near the doctors which she doesn't normally do because it's busy.

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"She stopped near London Road to go on Frederick's Road. She could see the car, it was ages away. But the car sped up as she was crossing."

Miya's mum says Miya's mum says "She's a switched on 11 year old, in fact more like a 14 year old."

According to Miss Button's daughter, once the car hit her it slowed down for traffic lights and then sped off.

Miss Button said: "They knew they had done it.

"It would just be nice if someone could come forward. Somebody has to have seen that as it was school rush hour. I think someone knows but they're too scared to say.

"They could have killed her for all they knew.

"All we know is it's a black car, and Miya's adamant it was a five door because she hit the back door. There would definitely be a mark."

Miss Button thanked St. Benet's for being the first to assist her daughter, who thankfully only suffered minor injuries.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact police quoting CAD 204 of July 18, 2019.

Information can also be submitted anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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