A TEENAGER has walked away from a horror road smash with a police car that saw him thrown several feet into the air.
Kyle Furness, 17, was hit by a marked Vauxhall Astra as it responded to a 999 call yesterday.
He was struck at about 2pm at Westgate in Honley as the female officer raced to the scene of a distressed woman at nearby Eastgate in the village.
Eyewitnesses have said Kyle was launched into the air in front of terraced houses approaching the roundabout junction with Moor Bottom.
The stretch of road has no pavement and pedestrians are supposed to cross to the other side.
He landed on the windscreen of the vehicle causing it to partially smash, but miraculously was not seriously injured.
One resident, who did not want to be named, said the impact had caused the youngster’s shoe to fly so high that it cleared the house rooftops.
Both Kyle and the officer were taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and were treated for minor injuries before being released.
Kyle’s uncle Charles rushed to the scene when he heard of the crash.
He told the Examiner: “Kyle was on a stretcher and had blood all over his shorts and was shaking like mad.
“He was conscious but not really talking.”
Charles said Kyle, a student at York Technical College, had returned to Honley for the summer to stay with his dad in the village.
And he said his sister-in-law, Gemma Lindley, had happened to be in the area and had seen Kyle go high up in the air, strike the windscreen and then land on the road.
He added: “When I got there I saw the female police officer who had been driving walking around but then she was taken to hospital.
“She didn’t come over to Kyle and was talking to her colleague.
“There were loads of police on the scene by this point.”
A worker at Parfitt’s Bakery on Westgate told The Examiner that several people were fuming that police had dragged the youngster across Westgate from where he had landed.
“You’re not supposed to move injured people,” she added.
Another eyewitness, who was inside one of the homes next to the incident, said the youngster had been sitting on the kerb after he was hit.
The woman, who didn’t want to be named, said she could not confirm if she had heard a siren before the youngster was hit.
She added: “A police lady came over to talk to him and he didn’t look badly injured.
“I think he hit the windscreen with his legs, I could see the corner of it was all smashed.
“The police lady was walking around as well and she seemed all right but then they put her in a neck brace, so she must have had whiplash.”
Workers in Paul’s Butchers, opposite the collision, said multiple police video vans had arrived as officers closed off Westgate.
Butcher Brett Kuller said: “He got up and he was limping. He was sat on the house steps and then it looked like he was trying to walk off.
“They had to stop him to get some details.”
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Just before 2pm yesterday afternoon, a police car responding to a report of a distressed woman on Eastgate in Honley was travelling along Westgate when it was in collision with a 17-year old boy.
“The boy has been taken to hospital by ambulance.
“The driver of the police car has not been seriously injured.
“Inquiries into the cause of the collision are ongoing and a full investigation will be carried out.”
Police refused to confirm whether the police vehicle had blue lights and siren on at the time of the crash.
Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call Huddersfield police via 101.