Police have released video of the moment a woman and toddler were sent flying in a hit-and-run in an effort to track the driver and the car.
The CCTV footage shows the 42-year-old driving instructor and her three-year-old nephew crossing the road on December 7 in Coventry.
As they reach the middle of King William Street a black Audi estate overtakes another car, which had stopped to turn into a junction, and strikes them.
The driver of the Audi is seen to slow for a moment, but then accelerates along the road as passers-by rush to help the stricken pair, left lying in the middle of the street.
Fortunately, the woman and toddler were unharmed aside from a few minor injuries.
West Midlands Police said a witness supplied a partial number plate for the Audi – EN57 – but they have been unable to trace the vehicle and believe it could be hidden in a garage.
Officers believe the car will have sustained damage on the front.
“We have taken the unusual step of releasing the images – which carries a warning for viewers – in the hope that someone will recognise the car and come forward with information so that we can trace the driver,” said PC Abbi Jones.
“This could have been so much worse. At the time of the collision, the driver would not have known that the woman and child were uninjured.”