dr martens flowers ‘My Doc Marten boots saved my foot from being amputated’
The accident happened at around 7.30am on Friday, November 21 as Phebe crossed Vicarage Road, near to Kings Road, as she made her way to Swanshurst School.
The video was captured by a camera on a bus which waited at the zebra crossing for Phebe to cross. A red car is clearly shown overtaking at speed but the vehicle and driver have never been traced.
Phebe, who lives with her parents Paul and Lucy Hilliage, her sister Amy, aged 18, and Amy’s five week old son, in Chirton Grove, Kings Heath, said the traffic had stopped.
“I was halfway across when this car overtook the bus and two cars which had stopped and ran over my foot,” she said.
Shocking Footage: Video of the incident shows the moment the 12 year old girl was knocked down by a hit and run driver
“I dropped to the floor and felt like I was in a dream I was confused and didn’t know what was happening,” Phebe continued.
“This random guy came up to me, then two others, and they carried me to the side of the road.
“Then a woman appeared and gave me her phone and I rang my dad and my brother and told them I’d been knocked down by a car
She was taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital where doctors operated.
“They told me that if I’d been wearing normal shoes, my injuries would have been so bad they’d probably have had to amputate my foot,” she said.
“It was sheer chance I was wearing my Doc Martens that day, because the day before I’d noticed my shoes had a hole in them so I had to wear my boots.”
High Speed: The video was captured by a nearby bus, that shows a red vehicle overtaking at speed
As well as a broken right ankle, the car also shattered bones in the foot which all had to be removed by surgeons.
Her foot is in a cast and when she returns to hospital in January, doctors will be able to assess how bad the damage is.
Mum Lucy, aged 40, who is unable to work because of arthritis, said: “They say her injuries are life changing and she may need further surgery.
“She’ll need physio and rehabilitation and the damage to the nerves could have affected her balance for life.”
Phebe has been off school since the accident and is being taught at home by teachers from James Brindley School.
Dad Paul, aged 39, who is Lucy’s carer, said: “Before this Phebe was an independent outgoing girl who was loved going to the cinema, shopping and seeing her friends.
“But now she can’t go out until the bones have healed because we can’t risk anyone knocking into her.”
Phebe said : “That driver has ruined Christmas for me.
“I’d planned to go and see my friends, go to the cinema, go shopping and now can’t do any of that. I’m stuck in the house watching telly and have to rely on my mum and dad to do everything for me.
“If I could say anything to the driver I’d say ‘you’re an idiot, a stupid person who needs to learn to drive safely and know that you have to stop at