Hit and run driver for­given by vic­tim

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

ATEENAGER has for­given the hi­tand-run driver who left him ly­ing in a hedge.

Chris Har­rop, 18, was thrown into air over his af­ter when he was hit by a car in Poyn­ton last sum­mer.

He suf­fered a punc­tured lung, bro­ken ribs, frac­tured an­kle and a brain in­jury from the smash.

His dog Skye, a fiveyear-old King Charles Spaniel, who Chris was walk­ing at the time, suf­fered a frac­tured spine but also sur­vived.

The driver, Kish­nan Pa­tel, 23, from Stock­port left the scene.

Chris, of Yew Tree Lane, Poyn­ton, sur­vived the ac­ci­dent and spent only three weeks in hos­pi­tal.

Pa­tel, of Arun­del Road, Stock­port, has ad­mit­ted charges of fail­ing to stop af­ter an ac­ci­dent and dan­ger­ous driv­ing at Crewe mag­is­trates court and will be sen­tenced next month.

Chris has no mem­ory of the event and is de­ter­mined to put it be­hind him as he be­gins to take his A-lev­els at Poyn­ton High School soon ahead of study­ing drama at univer­sity.

He said: “I am re­lieved I don’t have any mem­ory of what hap­pened so I can’t be haunted by it.

“It has made me ap­pre­ci­ate life and un­der­stand what you take for granted. The ex­pe­ri­ence has brought mum and I closer to­gether.

“It has also made me more de­ter­mined to ful­fil my dreams to be an ac­tor.

“I feel happy the driver ac­cepted re­spon­si­bil­ity for his ac­tions. I’m not an­gry, but hope he has learned a les­son and get on with his life too.”

How­ever mum Lindsey, a re­tired nurse, has been left trau­ma­tised by the event which hap­pened on Park Lane at Au­gust 11 at 7.35pm.

She said: “We had just crossed the road when I heard an almighty bang and turned to see Chris lit­er­ally fly­ing into a gar­den up the road.

“When I saw him thought he was dead. “It was hor­rific. “It’s a trau­matic mem­ory for me.”

Lindsey said Chris’s re­cov­ery is on­go­ing.

She said: “One minute he was walk­ing with his mum, the next he is wak­ing up in pain, sur­rounded with doc­tors.

“His re­cov­ery has been amaz­ing.

“He still has prob­lems with headaches, his sleep and can get a lit­tle con­fused, but brain in­juries take time to heal.

“I am just thank­ful he is alive and still with me.

“We are more than just mother and son, he’s my best friend.”

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Do­minic Sal­ter

●● Chris pic­tured with mum Lindsey and dog Skye, who was also in­jured in the in­ci­dent

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