Motorist charged in hit-and-run toddler case

Thomas Smylie
Thomas Smylie

A 20-year-old man has been charged with a series of motoring offences including dangerous driving, after a child was injured at a beauty spot in Banbridge, in March.

Ben Cross, of Corbally Road, Dromara, appeared last Thursday at Banbridge Magistrates Court. He is charged with dangerous driving at Corbet Lough, Aughnacloy Road, on March 13, this year.

The charges relate to an incident in which Katesbridge toddler, Thomas Smylie was knocked down while on a family day out feeding the ducks. Thomas, then 16 months old, was with his father Paul and 15-year-old sister when he was struck by a car. He suffered badly bruised legs and suspected torn ligaments.

Cross faces further allegations he failed to stop, failed to remain at the scene, failed to report an accident and failed to give to police the name and address of any passenger in the car. A police officer told the court he could connect the defendant with the charges.

A public prosecutor said a full file had been requested and asked for a six week adjournment until June 9.

Cross was remanded on his own bail of £250.