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Hit-and-run driver left disabled woman in 'horrendous' pain

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Hit-and-run victim Jackie White
Hit-and-run victim Jackie White

A PEDESTRIAN has spoken of her shock after she was the victim of a hit-and-run in Hythe, which left her with severe bruising.

Police are searching for the driver or a black or dark blue vehicle which failed to stop following the incident in Fulmar Drive, Hythe, at around 9.35am on 19th March.

Victim Jackie White (54) is registered disabled due to various medical conditions including a hip condition and arthritis. As a result, she can only walk short distances at a time.

She told the A&T how she was left in “horrendous” pain following the crash, which happened while she was heading towards Frost Road as she took a friend's dog for a walk.

Jackie has been left with bruising to her face and ribs as well as from her hip to her knee.

She hopes someone will come forward with information about the crash and said: “If the car was going any faster it would have been a lot worse. I walk with a stick and it's put me back a bit.

“The day before, I had my little grandson with me. I was confused where I’d hit my head and I kept asking at the time where he was.

"I think I've come off lightly, but what if it was an elderly person or a child? It's disgusting.”

Moments before the crash, Jackie said she could hear a noise “like a car exhaust” and as she turned to look, the driver mounted the pavement.

She said: “As I moved the dog out of the way, the car hit me and I was pushed into the bus stop. It just happened so quick, I still can't believe it. They didn't even stop to check I was okay.”

Fortunately for Jackie, a couple who were passing stopped to help and called the emergency services.

She was taken to hospital by ambulance and underwent a full body scan before being kept in overnight for monitoring.

A police spokesperson confirmed that the car was either black or dark blue, with large wheels and a loud exhaust.

The spokesperson added: “Officers would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information that can help identify the driver involved.”

Hampshire Police can be contacted on 101, quoting reference 44190095675 or information can be given to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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