Tree branch passed through vic­tim’s leg

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - by Michael DeFroand mde­froand@thek­m­

A FA­THER-of-two was thrown 12 feet in the air af­ter be­com­ing a hit and run vic­tim.

Dar­ren Smith, 36, was walk­ing along a road near his Mer­sham home when he was mown down and se­ri­ously in­jured by the car which failed to stop.

As he re­cov­ers at home from his in­juries Mr Smith has ap­pealed for any­one with in­for­ma­tion to come for­ward.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened in Frith Road, Ald­ing­ton at around 8pm last Wed­nes­day.

As Mr Smith was sent crash­ing into a tree by a green Citroen Saxo, a branch went through his leg.

Mr Smith has now been dis­charged from the William Har­vey Hospi­tal but is in a wheel­chair.

He said: “I don’t blame the per­son for hit­ting me – I know that the guy wouldn’t have seen me.

“But driv­ing off is a dif­fer­ent sce­nario.

“Who knows what the fu­ture holds with re­gard to my re­cov­ery? If I didn’t have my fam­ily around me I don’t know what I would do.”

Mr Smith was walk­ing to the Good In­tent pub from his home when he was knocked over.

Re­fer­ring to any­one who may have in­for­ma­tion about the in­ci­dent, he added sim­ply: “Please come for­ward.”

Mr Smith’s brother, Lee, said: “The car hit him at 60mph and didn’t brake.

“Dar­ren suf­fered se­vere mus­cle dam­age to his leg, though he didn’t break any­thing. He stayed con­scious and man­aged to flag down a cou­ple of cars and they con­tacted me.

“I raced around to him and I put a tourni­quet on to stop the flow of the blood.”

He added: “He lost a se­ri­ous amount of blood in the hospi­tal and they thought that he might need a trans­fu­sion.”

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Smith’s brother, peo­ple out­side the Good In­tent pub, 200 yards away, saw a green Citroen Saxo stop mo­men­tar­ily. It had front near side dam­age.

The ac­ci­dent could have had even worse con­se­quences for Mr Smith, a mar­ried man with two young chil­dren, had he not been keep­ing my­self in shape.

He said: “Since June I have been do­ing quite a bit of run­ning. The doc­tors think that

is what prob­a­bly saved me.”

Any­one who wit­nessed the in­ci­dent or has any in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact po­lice on 01303 850055. They also want to hear from lo­cal garages who may have been asked to re­pair a car for pos­si­ble dam­age.

In­for­ma­tion can also be left anony­mously on the Crimestop­pers hot­line – 0800 555 111.

Left, the road where the in­ci­dent took place. Right, this piece from a car was found close to the site

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