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Camera catches drug driver hitting boy, 6, on bike ride with father

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 8/18/2021 Barney Davis
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This is the disturbing moment a terrified father begs for his six-year-old son to stay with him after being struck by a drug driver speeding at twice over the limit.

Noah Herring had been on a bike ride with his father James when he was hit by a Mercedes driven by 24-year-old Harry Summersgill, who was driving under the influence of cocaine, cannabis and ketamine.

The boy, wearing a high-vis jacket, had been riding to the park in a cycle lane when Summersgill crossed two lanes of traffic before mounting the pavement and striking him at speeds of over 60mph, in a 30mph zone in Stockton.

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Harrowing footage from Noah’s dads Go Pro camera with Richard screaming his son’s name before calling the ambulance.

He tells the operator: “He’s in a lot of pain, he’s in a really bad way. A car’s crashed into us.” Then he tells his son: “Noah, just stay with me, Noah” as the boy cries out in pain.

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Summersgill is later seen being loaded into the back of a police van saying it was a “simple accident” before being told he had tested positive for cocaine.

He was found to be driving under the influence of cocaine, cannabis and ketamine and jailed for three years for the collision on February 28.

Insp Dave Williams, from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, said the footage was released with the family’s blessing to prevent anyone from drug driving.

He said: “Noah and James were out riding their bikes and having a pleasant morning when Harry Summersgill, knowingly under the influence of a cocktail of drugs, drove his car and struck Noah at high speed.

“Noah’s family know how lucky they were that day; the outcome could have been much worse and we’re all thankful that it wasn’t.

“To anyone who may get into their car with the intention of driving whilst under the influence; I would urge you to watch this footage and see the horrendous circumstances for yourself.

“No driver should ever take risks like these. It is unacceptable and we won’t tolerate anyone who takes drugs or drinks alcohol and gets behind the wheel of their vehicle.

“Our message is simple. Don’t do it.”

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