CCTV Footage Released To Deter Parents From Buying Motorcycles As Christmas Gifts
Police issued CCTV footage showing two boys on an off-road motorbike crashing into a teenage girl leaving her seriously injured.
Jessica Chisnall, aged 15 at the time of the accident, was on her way home from school, walking on Ashtons Green Drive, St Helens, Merseyside, when the two boys mounted the pavement and hit her.
She suffered serious injuries and after being rushed to hospital was put in a medically-induced coma. She was diagnosed with bleeding on the brain, eye socket injuries and deep cuts.
The rider was only 12 years old, while the passenger was 16. They made off from the scene but were later arrested.
The rider was given a youth referral order, while the passenger was given a detention, a training order and disqualified from driving for five years.
Merseyside Police released the footage in the hopes of deterring parents from buying their kids motorcycles for Christmas.
The off-road bike was a gift to the 16-year-old passenger as a reward for doing well at school.
Jessica's father Carl Chisnall, speaking to Sky News, said:
"I ran to her and saw her lifeless on the floor and no movement. I was in shock and my first thought was she was dead.
"I just kept saying her name over and over not knowing if she could hear me or the seriousness of the injuries she had sustained.
"There was people around me offering help phoning the emergency services my focus and priority was on my daughter as my wife and other daughter were screaming and upset."
He added: "I plead with any responsible parent not to buy these bikes. They are not children's toys, they are not road legal and can only be ridden on private land with the land owner's permission.
"You're wasting your money but most of all you are putting your children and others at risk."