A MOTORIST who mounted the pavement and ploughed into a schoolgirl was being hunted by police today.

The 14-year-old was walking along the pavement in Armour Road, Tilehurst, when red car crashed into her for hitting a parked vehicle.

However, the motorist failed to stop at the scene and left the teenage girl on the ground with serious injuries to her leg.

The shocking incident happened shortly before midday and roads policing officers have launched a probe into the crash.

A police spokesman said: "At around 11.45pm on Friday 24 November, a 14-year-old girl was walking along the pavement in Armour Road, Tilehurst.

"A red-coloured vehicle then mounted the pavement and struck the victim before being driven away from the scene.

"The victim sustained a serious leg injury and attended the Royal Berkshire Hospital. She has subsequently been released from hospital.

"Damage was also caused to a parked vehicle in the same street."

Officers were set to continue the hunt for the driver today [Friday].

Anyone with information should contact Thames Valley Police immediately.

Police constable Justin Aylin-White, said: "I would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision or who has any information which could assist our investigation.

"This collision left a teenage girl with a serious leg injury and we are investigating the circumstances to identify and locate the offender.

"If you have any information relating to this case, please call 101 quoting reference 959 (26/11) or contact Crimestoppers anonymously."