4x4 hit-and-run drama as mum crossed with daugh­ter

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by James Scott js­cott@thek­m­group.co.uk

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.

Swollen

“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

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