A FIVE-YEAR-OLD boy has been left with serious facial injuries after being knocked down by an e-scooter.
Hugo Tasker was out shopping with his mum Claire Morris and younger brother when the rider ploughed into him and flung him into the air outside McDonald's.
After speeding off, the man turned to look back at Hugo but continued without stopping, despite Claire's pleas for him to come back.
Little Hugo suffered a deep gash to his chin and bruises on his body – and there was "blood everywhere".
Claire, from Grimsby, Lincs, said: "I'd taken the kids to the play area and we were just walking back through Victoria Street when I bumped in to some friends.
"My youngest son was throwing toys out his pram and Hugo was running and getting them for him, it became almost like a game.
"On one occasion, Hugo ran to get the toy and was knocked over by someone going about 20mph on one of those e-scooters.
"They swiped him straight off his feet and he landed face down on the pavement.
"The person riding it looked back at me and then turned around and carried on.
"They stopped once more to look back at Hugo, but still didn't stop.
"I was in such a state of shock."
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The incident, on Victoria Street on December 27, left Hugo incredibly frightened, and doctors said his injuries were severe for his age.
She explained: "I picked him up and there was blood everywhere.
"Hugo couldn't even stand up because he'd bruised his leg so badly.
"Loads of people gathered round to ring the emergency services, but I took him to A&E myself in the end as it was going to be a two-hour wait for the ambulance.
"After three or four hours, he was put on antibiotics to help the swelling in his leg and told he had fourth degree tears to his face."
Now at home resting, usually "outgoing" Hugo is still in a lot of pain – and he's scared to go outside.
Claire, 31, said: "He's very sore and in pain with bruises all over.
"I don't think I would have been as bothered if the person had stopped.
"Hugo could have been dead, but he rode on regardless.
"I went into a state of complete shock at the time, everything became really blurry and I just remember him not being able to stand up, it was horrible.
"The scooter had flipped him up and he landed face down on the pavement."
Humberside Police have been contacted for comment.
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