POLICE are appealing for witnesses to an incident in a Sunderland supermarket car park which has left a 16-year-old fighting for her life in hospital after suffering serious head injuries .
Shortly after 9.45pm yesterday, police were alerted by staff at the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) that a woman had been admitted with serious head injuries.
The injuries were caused following an incident in Morrisons car park in Seaburn at about 7.30pm yesterday whereby, for reasons yet to be established, the girl had been thrown from the bonnet of a light-coloured Fiat 500 car.
She was in a critical condition in hospital and an investigation has been launched into how she was hurt.
Two other girls – aged 18 and 16 – were arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and have since been released under investigation. It is believed all three were known to each other.
Sergeant Dave Roberts, of Northumbria Police’s operations department, is leading the investigation and said: “This is clearly an awful incident and has left a 16-year-old girl with serious head injuries. We will continue to offer support to her family.
“This happened in a busy supermarket car park, so we believe people will have been nearby and potentially witnessed what happened. I’m asking those people to do the right thing and pick up the phone today – please pass on any information you have.
“We have already spoken to two females in connection with this incident and will continue to carry out a range of inquiries throughout the day. Anyone with dashcam footage or who was in the area at the time are asked to get in touch as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of their website or by calling 101, quoting log 1089 241120.