Ap­peal for wit­nesses as run­ner fights for his life

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Po­lice are ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses to a col­li­sion which left an Ash­ford jog­ger in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

The 45-year-old Ash­ford man was struck by a Ford Kuga at the traf­fic lights in Si­mone Weil Av­enue at about 1.45pm on Satur­day, Jan­uary 4.

The man suf­fered life-threat­en­ing head, neck, chest and ab­dom­i­nal in­juries and was flown by air am­bu­lance to Tun­bridge Wells Hos­pi­tal.

He was later trans­ferred to King’s Col­lege Hos­pi­tal, Lon­don.

The car driver, a woman, was ar­rested and bailed un­til Mon­day, March 24, pend­ing fur­ther in­quiries.

Now, Kent Po­lice’s Se­ri­ous Col­li­sion In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit is ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses to the in­ci­dent to get in touch.

PC David Jeeves said: “We would par­tic­u­larly like to speak to the driver of a light van who went through the traf­fic lights prior to the col­li­sion.

“It came from the round­about head­ing in the di­rec­tion of Ken­ning­ton.

“Sev­eral wit­nesses have al­ready men­tioned this van and the driver may be able to pro­vide us with some valu­able in­for­ma­tion.”

Trapped

Fol­low­ing the smash, Si­mone Weil Av­enue was closed in both di­rec­tions for four hours while of­fi­cers gath­ered ev­i­dence, mean­ing that hun­dreds of mo­torists found them­selves trapped on the War­ren Re­tail Park.

A po­lice spokesman said: “Dur­ing the road clo­sure, hun­dreds of ve­hi­cles were trapped in a nearby car park.

“We would like to thank them for their pa­tience and apol­o­gise for any in­con­ve­nience caused.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is urged to con­tact the ded­i­cated SCIU wit­ness ap­peal line on 01622 798538, quot­ing 04-690.

Pic­ture: Andy Clark

A man is still in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion af­ter he was hit by a car in Si­mone Weil Av­enue, Ash­ford

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