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Police 'could still prosecute' driver that hit pram in East Barnet Road
Police could still prosecute a driver who hit a baby’s pram and sent it flying metres down a main road on Friday.
A silver Jaguar clipped the pushchair as the mother, believed to be in her 30s, attempted to cross the road at a zebra crossing outside the Golden Palace takeaway shop, in East Barnet Road, New Barnet.
The three-month-old boy miraculously escaped unhurt and remained strapped into the buggy as it flew some 20 feet down the road at 9.40am.
Paramedics took the baby to Barnet Hospital as a precaution.
Eye witnesses said the elderly driver initially failed to stop after the collision and continued another 50 metres down the road, clipping a van’s wing mirror in the process.
Workers at a nearby motorbike shop chased after the vehicle and pulled the keys from the ignition when the driver stopped in traffic.
Police spoke to witnesses and questioned the man but he was allowed to drive away from the scene a short time later.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman, from Barnet Police Station, said: “The driver was spoken to by officers and a report is being put together on the incident. This will be examined to see if any further action is required.”
Witnesses, who described the man as visibly shocked after the collision, said they were surprised officers allowed him to continue on his journey.
One worker also expressed concern that he did not appear to be breathalysed, though the police service would not confirm whether this did or did not take place.
The police spokesman added: “Officers confirmed the man’s identification and, as the baby was not injured, there was no need to take action there and then.
“We have his details and will be looking into the matter but, because we had identified him, he was allowed to go.”