Friday, 21 September 2018

Driver seriously injured in hit & run smash

A MAN was seriously injured in a hit and run crash in Peppard.

A MAN was seriously injured in a hit and run crash in Peppard.

He had to be cut out of his old-style burgundy Mini by firefighters after a collision with a grey Peugeot outside the former Dog Inn on the B481 at tea time last Friday.

The man driving the other car absconded.

The injured man, who is in his twenties, suffered injuries to his pelvis, hips and abdomen and was taken by ambulance to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading and later transferred to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

He was driving towards Nettlebed when he collided head on with the Peugeot coming the other way shortly after 5pm.

Both cars were badly damaged and there was a trail of debris left across the carriageway. Pam Phillips, who lives nearby, was working in her garden when she heard the crash.

“There was just a huge bang,” she said. “I was just doing some planting. I came out and then the man in the grey car was tumbling out of his car and ran off up someone’s drive.

“There was a gentleman who had pulled over in a van and was shouting. I think he had seen it and was shouting and cursing at the man in the grey car.”

Four fire crews were called to the scene, together with an ambulance and the air ambulance, which landed on Top Common but was not needed.

Police closed the road and traffic was diverted round the scene via the layby outside the former pub.

Firefighters used cutting machinery to remove the passenger side door from the Mini to make it easier for paramedics to get the man on to a stretcher.

A Thames Valley Police spokesman said the cause of the accident was being investigated and no arrests had been made.

In May last year, a speed survey commissioned by Peppard Parish Council was carried out on the B481 in response to complaints by residents.

This showed 43 per cent of drivers went over the 30mph speed limit.

Parish councillor Valerie Ross, who lives on the road, said introducing a speed camera was the only way to make drivers slow down.

She said: “It’s not the first accident there. Until they put a camera up there it is not going to stop.

“I’ve always said it is going to take someone being badly injured, or even killed, before something is done. It really should not be like that but what else can we do?”

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