A teenage boy has been scarred for life with a shattered pelvis, shoulder and knee after being left for dead by a hit-and-run driver.
Blake Bailey, aged 16, was walking his 15-year-old girlfriend Jessica Green home when the young sweethearts were hit by a car which mounted the pavement and ploughed into them.
Both teenagers were injured in the collision, but Blake more seriously.
The youngster also needed surgery to repair a deep wound running the entire length of his forehead, which will leave him scarred for life.
Blake’s parents today released shocking images to The Star of their injured son in his bed at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield, in the hope the photographs will trigger calls to the police from people who may know the driver responsible.
The Dearne Valley College student’s parents have remained at his bedside since the collision.
His dad Michael, 40, told The Star: “We are devastated at what has happened and can’t believe that anyone would crash into kids and leave them there.
“What kind of person would do that?
“Blake will have to live with these injuries for the rest of his life. Every time he looks in a mirror the scar will be there as a permanent reminder, and he’s only 16.
“He is still in a lot of pain and asking how somebody could just leave him and Jess.”
Blake’s mum Michelle, 43, an NHS healthcare assistant, said: “It’s been terrible for the family, we are devastated. “Blake is such a lovely lad, he would help anybody.
“We have had lots of support from family and friends but I just can’t understand what’s happened.
“All I’m asking for is to find who did it. Just come forward.”
Blake, from Bolton-upon-Dearne, was walking his girlfriend of five months, Jessica, to her home in Thurnscoe, when they were hit.
They were on Barrowfield Road, Thurnscoe, when a car mounted the pavement at around 10.10pm on Wednesday, September 17.
The vehicle, thought to be a dark-coloured small car, was travelling towards Goldthorpe at the time.
A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “The car may have sustained front end damage.
“Blake remains in hospital being treated for serious injuries including a head injury that required surgery, as well as fractures to his leg, pelvis and shoulder.
“Jessica sustained minor injuries during the incident.
“Police are following a number of lines of inquiry but are keen to speak to anyone with information.”
Witnesses to the collision, or anyone with information about the whereabouts of the car involved, should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.