Lucky es­cape in hit and run

Lo­cals say it could be de­lib­er­ate

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Edel Ke­nealy

A man had a miracle es­cape af­ter be­ing the vic­tim of a hit and run that took place in broad day­light on a quiet Ruther­glen street this week.

The 35-year-old from Castlemilk was walk­ing on Spit­tal Road when he was struck by the car. He had been

walk­ing in a cul-de-sac at around 2pm on Mon­day, Au­gust 29, when the in­ci­dent oc­curred. The car then sped off

The man was taken by am­bu­lance to the Queen El­iz­a­beth Univer­sity Hospi­tal in Glas­gow but suf­fered no more than bruis­ing to his ribs.

Po­lice are look­ing for the driver. They re­mained at the scene ex­am­in­ing tyre marks that were clearly vis­i­ble un­til lunchtime the fol­low­ing day.

Lo­cals have told the Re­former they think the in­ci­dent could have been de­lib­er­ate. They say the car would have had to mount the verge to strike some­one on the foot­path.

One woman who lives on Spit­tal Road said her hus­band heard a com­mo­tion but did not see the car in­volved.

She said: “It must have been de­lib­er­ate – how could you ac­ci­den­tally crash on to that [verge]?

“My hus­band said he saw some­one shout­ing and the man had his hands in the air.

“It was just the loud voices at first and that’s what made him look out. He thought it was maybe some­one drunk, that there had been a fight or some­thing.

“He thought he was drunk, that his arms were up as if to say I’m OK.”

A sec­ond neigh­bour said she did not see any­thing but was sur­prised to see the tyre marks across the small grass cir­cle in the cul-de-sac.

She said: “There were tyre marks up there where it was cor­doned off by po­lice.

“The tyre marks are in the cres­cent, in the mid­dle of the grass. Why they are there I don’t know – un­less it was de­lib­er­ate.

“There was a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent like that last year at Kyle Square.”

Po­lice have urged any­one with in­for­ma­tion to con­tact Ruther­glen Po­lice on 101 or Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555 111.

Scene Spit­tal Road in Ruther­glen

Ev­i­dence Tyre marks in the grass near to where the in­ci­dent hap­pened

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