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AN 84-year-old from Shirley was forced to spend the festive season recovering in hospital after becoming the victim of a Christmas Eve hit-and-run.

George William ‘Bill’ Gameson had been on the pedestrian crossing in Stratford Road, Solihull, at around 9am, when he was run down by a car.

George William ‘Bill’ Gameson had been on the pedestrian crossing in Stratford Road, Solihull, at around 9am, when he was run down by a car.

The driver then sped off, without checking to see if the pensioner had been hurt or even killed in the crash.

Police closed the road for several hours and Bill was rushed to hospital, where he was to stay until last Sunday (January 6), to receive treatment for a head injury, broken hand and muscle damage to his legs.

Stepdaughter Sarah Fellowes, aged 47, has now spoken out to condemn the heartless driver.

“You know when you go over a can in your car so they knew they’d hit him but didn’t stop,” said the Shirley resident.

“I can’t believe someone could just drive off like that.

“The car chucked Bill into the car behind but that driver stopped straight away.

“The passers-by were excellent too, someone gave him their jumper and another called the ambulance.

“Everyone was obviously very concerned.”

Sarah said spending Christmas and New Year in hospital had been hard for the retired lorry driver.

“Bill had never been in hospital before, it was a bit of a shock for him. We’re just glad he’s home.”

Bill’s wife June said she was grateful to all the passers-by who had helped her husband, as well as the emergency services and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, “and last but not least to our lovely family.”

A police spokesman confirmed no-one had been arrested and appealed for the driver involved to give themselves up.

“Whatever their motivation for driving off, we’d urge them to come forward and speak to us,” he said.

Anyone with any information about the incident should call Solihull Police on 101.

 

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