Lucky escape in hit and run
Locals say it could be deliberate
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