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Dad's plea to find mystery driver after being hit by car

PUBLISHED: 06:00 05 January 2019

Phil Collier

Phil Collier

Phil Collier

A Great Cornard man suffered a broken ankle after being hit by a car that then drove off in Sudbury.

Phil Collier with wife MichellePhil Collier with wife Michelle

Phil Collier, from Great Conard, is urging the mystery driver to come forward after he was hurt while out with family and friends in Sudbury on Christmas Eve.

He was struck by a vehicle in East Street, near the Weavers Tap and Wimpy food outlet, at about 3.15pm, and Mr Collier urged the driver to “examine their conscience” and come forward to police.

The driver, who he thinks was a woman, was in what he believes was a white Ford KA or Fiat 500.

The self-employed cleaner, aged 45, who has two children, faces at least six weeks off work while his ankle heals and may need surgery in the future, which would result in even more lost earnings.

Mr Collier, who is married to Michelle, said: “I am angry. My main concern really was it could have been much more serious, not just for me, but if it was a child or elderly person it could have finished them off.”

Mr Collier has received multiple comments of support from well-wishers on social media after he posted a message in an attempt to gather more information.

He described how he had “hobbled around” for about five days before he sought medical help and learned he had actually broken his left ankle. His leg is now in plaster and he is using crutches.

He had delayed getting the injury checked out as he was concerned the hospitals and police would be busy over Christmas.

He added: “I didn’t want to spoil my family’s Christmas going to the hospital on Christmas Day.”

Despite his injuries Mr Collier and his wife managed to host 11 people on Christmas Day with the help of his family.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk Constabulary said they were called at 4.30pm on Sunday, December 30, following reports of a road traffic collision in East Street, Sudbury, that happened on Monday, December 24.

Officers are investigating and enquiries are ongoing, she said.

Any witnesses who may have seen the incident should call Sudbury Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101, quoting CAD reference 236 of December 30, 2018.

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