Witnesses describe horror as two girls injured in ‘hit and run’

Police attend an incident on Portobello Road which saw the road closed to traffic. Picture: Greg Macvean
Police attend an incident on Portobello Road which saw the road closed to traffic. Picture: Greg Macvean
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Two teenagers have been left seriously injured in hospital after being mown down by a speeding car on one of the city’s busiest roads.

The Italian exchange students were crossing the street on Inchview Terrace, in Portobello, around 5.40pm on Thursday evening, when they were struck by a Volkswagen Golf – understood to be travelling at around 50 mph.

Portobello Road has been closed both ways by police. Picture: Greg Macvean

Portobello Road has been closed both ways by police. Picture: Greg Macvean

The pair are believed to have been carried around 20 metres up the road before they landed on the ground according to witnesses. Police are now 
hunting the driver of the vehicle who fled from the scene. Portobello Road was closed in both directions while emergency services attended.

Jason and Linda MacMillan, who live on Inchview Terrace, said the collision took place at the bottom of their driveway.

Jason, 47, said: “We were just in the house when we heard a huge bang followed by screams. We rushed outside straight away.

“I think the girls were hit right outside our house because we found one of their shoes and bag, but they were lying on the road about four or five gardens away from us. I’d say it was a distance of about 20 meters.

“My wife brought duvets out to keep them warm while we waited on the ambulance arriving. One of the girls was very badly injured and Linda was holding her head up as she was drifting in and out of consciousness.

“By the time the ambulance arrived my wife’s hands were covered in blood and she was crying, it was horrid.

“We really hope the police catch whoever did this. Our thoughts are with the girls’ families.”

The teenagers are being treated at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary where they are currently in a serious, but non-life threatening condition.

The vehicle involved was recovered by police on Thursday evening at Loganlea Park in Craigentinny.

At this stage, police are unable to confirm whether the vehicle was stolen but it is understood to be a possible line of inquiry.

Local councillor Mike Bridgman said: “I am appalled by what has occured in broad daylight.

“I sincerely hope the police catch whoever did this and they are dealt with by the courts severely.”

This is the third serious road collision the city has seen within the last four months where the driver has fled.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “Police in Edinburgh are investigating following a hit and run collision in Portobello.

“A Volkswagen Golf was involved in a collision with two female pedestrians during the incident, which happened around 5.40 p.m. on Thursday September 15 in Inchview Terrace.”

He continued: “A 16-year-old sustained an arm injury, while a 17-year-old suffered an injury to her leg.

“The vehicle was recovered a short time later and inquiries are ongoing to trace the driver and any other occupants.”

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