Man left se­ri­ously in­jured by car

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE - By Natalie Tip­ping ntip­ping@thek­m­ @ntip­pingKM

A driver handed him­self in to po­lice two hours af­ter a man was hit by a car and left with se­ri­ous in­juries.

The man, in his 20s, is in hos­pi­tal af­ter the col­li­sion, at 8.20pm on Fri­day, at the junc­tion of Knightrider Street and Col­lege Road, near All Saints Church.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been launched and it is be­lieved the pedes­trian wasn’t us­ing a marked cross­ing when he was struck by a Toy­ota Corolla.

He was taken to Kings Col­lege Hos­pi­tal with se­ri­ous in­juries to his head, lower leg, and up­per arm. He is in a se­ri­ous but sta­ble con­di­tion.

Air am­bu­lance crews also at­tended by road, and joined paramedics en route to the Lon­don hos­pi­tal to help with treat­ment.

Road clo­sures were put in place and driv­ers were di­verted off Hayle Road onto Col­lege Road to­wards Tovil, and stopped from head­ing into Maid­stone from Tovil at the junc­tion of Tovil Road and Col­lege Av­enue.

These were in place for around two hours while of­fi­cers ex­am­ined the scene.

A po­lice spokesman said: “A man in his 30s from Rochester, who re­ported to Med­way Po­lice Sta­tion around 10.10pm on Fri­day, was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of caus­ing se­ri­ous in­jury by dan­ger­ous driv­ing, and fail­ing to stop af­ter a col­li­sion.

“He was sub­se­quently re­leased, pend­ing fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

Of­fi­cers from the se­ri­ous col­li­sion in­ves­ti­ga­tion unit are look­ing to speak to any­one who wit­nessed the in­ci­dent, or who has in­for­ma­tion. In par­tic­u­lar, they would like to speak to the driver of a large white van trav­el­ling be­hind the Toy­ota.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can call 01622 798538 quot­ing ref­er­ence num­ber AD/DM/251/17 or can email­

Pic­ture: Matthew Walker FM4974953

Pete Wicks, star from The Only Way Is Es­sex, with Abby O’Neil, Lor­raine Croucher and Karen Un­der­down, dur­ing his cal­en­dar sign­ing at The Mall in Maid­stone

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