4x4 hit-and-run drama as mum crossed with daughter
A YOUNG mother has spoken of her shock and anger at being knocked down by a hitand-run driver as she crossed the road with her baby.
Jessica Howard, 24, of Dudley Road, had walked her 13month-old daughter Faith to the play park at The Ridge on Tuesday afternoon last week.
On the short walk back home Miss Howard, a student at the University of Kent, was crossing at the junction with Nettlefield, Kennington, at 1.30pm when she saw a dark 4x4 car hurtling towards her. She said: “I looked both ways and started crossing the road because it was clear.
“Then I suddenly saw the car coming. I made eye contact with the driver, but he didn’t slow down or stop.
“I knew he was going to hit me or Faith so I had to kick the bottom of her pushchair to get her away from me. I saw the pushchair make it to the kerb and then I felt the impact on my shoulder.
“The next thing I remember was my face was on the floor.”
The driver, who she described as a man in his 40s, then sped away without stopping, leaving her still lying in the road. The former Christ Church School pupil said: “I just sat by the side of the road crying for about 10 minutes. No one stopped to help me. I was in shock and I had blood coming from my mouth.”
She eventually made it home and banged on her neighbour’s window for help before an ambulance arrived to take her to hospital.
Miss Howard said: “I was told I have muscle damage in my shoulder and I’ve got to have physiotherapy.
“I’ve had to go back to the doctor twice because of the pain.
“My cheek was really swollen as well, they think I might have cracked a bone.”
Miss Howard’s arm is still in a sling, so her partner Stuart White’s mum Trina took a week off work to help look after her.
She is hoping she will have fully recovered by July, when she and Mr White, 25, an insurance claim handler, plan to get married.
The third-year history and philosophy of art student, who has been given an extension so she can finish her degree, said she has had nightmares almost every night since the accident.
She said: “I keep having flashbacks of a 4x4 coming towards me in my dreams.
“I can’t stop thinking about the fact that my daughter could have died.
“I just think that driver is the lowest of the low. What he did is just disgusting. He knew he hit me. He made eye contact with me.
“Maybe he was drunk or didn’t have insurance, but there was a reason why he didn’t stop.”
PC Michael Baksh said: “Fortunately she only sustained bruising as a result of this collision.
“However, it was a very frightening experience for this young mother.
“I am keen to speak to anyone in the area who may have seen this dark-coloured 4x4type vehicle or has any information about the incident that will help inquiries.”
Witnesses are urged to call the police on 01622 690690 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Jessica Howard’s bruised face after the hit-and-run incident