A shocking scrambler bike crash which left a woman fighting for her life has 'sickened' local residents who are still reeling in the aftermath of the incident.
The woman, who is in her 20s, was critically injured after she was hit by a scrambler bike on Court Hey Road in Huyton on Monday afternoon.
Emergency services were called to the scene at about 12.45pm to reports of an off-road bike crashing into a pedestrian and today police confirmed the woman's condition had deteriorated from 'serious' to 'critical'.
The 29-year-old rider was also injured and taken to hospital after road closures were put in place on the road.
Local residents on Court Hey Road said they were "shocked" and expressed concerns over the growing presence of scrambler bikes on the main road and in the nearby park, Court Hey.
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One resident, who wished to remain anonymous, was out at the time of the incident and needed to be escorted home by police as the road was cordoned off.
They told the ECHO: "I've never seen a scrambler bike here. I've heard them in the park but I've never actually seen one in the street.
"I still don't know much about it and I don't know if I know her or anything.
"When I first heard my first reaction was 'somebody's come out of their drive and there's been a crash'.
"The first thing I thought was 'someone got up this morning, had their breakfast and then this happened'. It’s just sickening.
"We don't see that many people walking around here but since Covid there are more people. It’s just thinking that she could have been out walking on her lunch or for her daily exercise."
Another resident, who also wished to remain anonymous, said: "All of the neighbours were out and I don't think we’ve ever seen anything like this before as it's a quite residential area.
"We’re aware of these things but it never happens on your doorstep. It’s quite shocking.
"I'm more concerned about her at the minute. On a neighbourhood site, all the neighbours and other people who don't even live around here, they're just hoping she's well.
"It was busy yesterday. It’s busier now because of the weather and lockdown. There’s a lot of families walking around.
'It could've been a family coming into the road or somebody elderly, not that it makes any difference after what happened to the poor young girl. I feel so sorry for her and her family."
They added: "It's just that thought of it's a lovely spring day and she's probably just gone out for a walk and this happened."
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Another resident, who also wished to not be named, said: "We’ve seen the scrambler bikes in the park but not on the main road.
"The park has been very busy and we’ve found being out and about in the park with the dogs we've heard them driving up the main road."
They added: "For me, [scrambler bike riders] don't consider the consequences of their actions.
"Some poor innocent person has just been caught up in it. It’s just very sad."
CCTV and witness enquiries are ongoing.
Anyone who saw the incident or was passing and has any dashcam footage or information is asked to contact the police via @MerPolCC on Twitter with reference 21000132231.