A mum was left speechless by her son's incredible gesture following a hit-and-run.

Leona Howells was reading about how an 88-year-old was rushed to hospital after his mobility scooter was hit by a moped in Widnes on Saturday, September 11.

The pensioner was taken to hospital and is still receiving treatment for serious injuries.

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Shocked members of the local community have shown support for the victim and his family since the crash, launching an online fundraising campaign for a replacement mobility scooter.

As she was reading the story, Leona's son Gareth, 27, said that he wished to donate his own mobility scooter to the family until they can find a replacement.

Leona said that she was left touched by Gareth's suggestion and has now passed on his request to fundraiser's organiser.

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She said: "We only heard about what had happened on Wednesday. I was reading it and then my son just said "why don't we give them my scooter?".

"I wasn't expecting him to say that and it was completely out of the blue. He said that he just wanted to help out.

"He's got such a big heart and always loves to help. He said "I got it donated to me so I can donate it to someone else"."

Gareth, who suffers from Cerebral Palsy which affects all four of his limbs, was given his scooter four years ago as a donation by motorcycle group Naaf MCC.

His mum, from Trafford, said that the scooter helped Gareth gain independence but he has lost confidence using it over lockdown.

Detectives are still appealing for information over the Widnes hit-and-run and have now issued CCTV images of two vehicles linked to the incident.

Officers have also released the picture of a man they believe could help with their enquiries.

So far, a 26-year-old man from Runcorn and a 20-year-old woman from Widnes have been questioned on suspicion of failing to stop following a collision, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and drug driving.

And a 31-year-old man and a 27-year-old man, both from Widnes, have been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and for failing to stop after a collision.

A quad bike and a Piaggio Beverly 350cc moped that Cheshire Police detectives wish to trace following a hit-and-run on Lower House Lane in Widnes. Image: Cheshire Police
A quad bike and a Piaggio Beverly 350cc moped that Cheshire Police detectives wish to trace following a hit-and-run on Lower House Lane in Widnes. Image: Cheshire Police

All four have since been released under investigation.

As inquiries continued, police released images of the bikes believed to have been involved in the incident, as well as images of a man who detectives believe may have information about the crash that could help their investigation.

Leona said: "I was so annoyed and angry when I saw what had happened. I have no idea how people can do things like this.

"His wheels are his extra legs. It's very said that this is what the world is coming to."

Police cordon off all roads leading to Lower House Lane in Widnes.
Police cordon off all roads leading to Lower House Lane in Widnes.

Tragically, the wife of the injured pensioner has now been placed into care while he continues to receive treatment in hospital.

Appealing for information, Sergeant Simon Degg said: "The rider of the mobility scooter, who is a full-time carer for his elderly wife, remains in hospital in a serious condition having undergone major surgery.

Images of a male who Cheshire Police detectives believe could have information that could help inquiries into a hit and run in Widnes. Image: Cheshire Police
Images of a male who Cheshire Police detectives believe could have information that could help inquiries into a hit and run in Widnes. Image: Cheshire Police

"Sadly, this means that his wife has had to be placed in respite care due to the actions of those responsible.

"I am appealing to anyone who may know where the bikes are, or may know who is responsible, to please get in touch with us.

"The same goes to anyone who may have witnessed something or seen the vehicles around the time of the incident who has not yet contacted us to do so."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting the reference 1082550, or online here