Girl remains 'critical but stable' after Stourbridge hit-and-run

The crossing outside Pedmore Technology College (Picture: Google)

A 15-year-old girl remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital today after being struck by a car which failed to stop in Stourbridge last week.

Claudia Visser was walking home on Grange Lane outside Pedmore Technology College when she was hit while using the pedestrian crossing at around 10:00pm on Thursday night.

She’s being treated at Birmingham Children’s Hospital where she’s in an induced coma with two broken legs, a fractured skull, bleeding on the brain and internal injuries.

Police say they’re investigating reports that a light blue or light grey vehicle was responsible and have appealed for anyone with information to come forwards.

A police spokesman said: “The girl is very poorly in hospital. It’s shocking to think someone could leave a child seriously hurt in the street, drive off and make no effort to get her medical treatment.

“Clearly this is distressing at any time for the girl’s family but to happen just days before Christmas is truly heart-breaking.

“If anyone saw what happened, was driving in the area at the time, or has any suspicions over who may have been involved, then please call me.”

West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “On arrival, it was clear that the 15 year old had multiple serious injuries. There was no car at the location.

“She was treated at the scene by ambulance staff before being taken to Russells Hall Hospital.

“After being anaesthetised, the trauma doctor was called and he travelled with her in an ambulance to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for specialist care.

“On arrival at the Children’s [Hospital], she was described as critical but stable.”

Claudia's stepfather, Graham Southall, has hit out at the driver responsible, describing it as an "horrific" and "cruel" act.

He also called for changes to be made to the road layout outside the college, saying it was a notorious spot for speeding drivers.

An off-duty nurse who lives nearby rushed to the teenager's aid and said her initial reaction was that the girl had died due to the severity of her injuries.

Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101.


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