Heartstopping footage captured the moment a young girl was pulled to safety on a zebra crossing after an overtaking taxi driver zoomed over it at speed.
Three-year-old Willow Breslin was crossing the road with her childminder and three other young children when she was grabbed just seconds before a Boro Taxis vehicle drove by without stopping.
Her dad Anthony said he wanted the driver’s licence "ripped up" as the cab firm confirmed one of its drivers had been suspended, Gazette Live reports.
The incident took place just outside St Clare’s Primary School in Acklam, Middlesbrough, at around 9am on Wednesday, April 25 and was caught on dashcam footage.
Anthony, from Linthorpe, said: "Luckily the car at the crossing had a dash cam and offered up the footage."
The footage, which has been shared by thousands on Facebook , shows the driver of the dash cam car leaving the zebra crossing clear as a result of traffic ahead.
The childminder, who is also pushing another child in a pram, then comes along, thanks the driver, and starts to cross the road.
Willow goes to run ahead but the “quick-minded” childminder quickly pulls her back before the Boro Taxis vehicle overtakes the traffic and travels on the wrong side of the road.
“I was at work when it happened,” said Anthony.
“My wife had actually heard about an incident outside the school after they appealed for any witnesses.
“We later found out what had happened and that incident involved our daughter.
“As you can see from the footage, the childminder only let go of my daughter’s hand for one second to say thank you to the driver for stopping.
“But I think Willow must have taken that has meaning she could cross the road by herself.”
“I was mortified when I saw the footage,” added Anthony. “I keep having ‘what if’ moments. It could have been a lot different.
“She (the childminder) was shook up all day.”
“I want his licence ripped up,” Anthony added on Facebook.
The driver has since been identified by the firm and has been suspended. He has also been reported to the police and Middlesbrough Council.
Christine Bell, director of Boro Cars, said: “We are horrified by the driving displayed in the video.
"Although the driver, who owns his own vehicle, was not working as a private hire driver at the time of this incident, we have been able to identify him.
“We have suspended the driver from working and reported him to the police and Middlesbrough Council, the regulating body which has licensed him as a private hire driver.
“We hope that the police and Middlesbrough Council will act as swiftly as we have to deal with this matter, because driving of this nature is wholly unacceptable.”
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman confirmed that the force has received a report of the incident and that it is being investigated.
A Middlesbrough Council spokesman said: “We are grateful to Boro Taxis for bringing this incident to our attention.
“We are investigating as a matter of urgency, and are liaising with Cleveland Police.”
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