Teenage boy suffers 'life-changing' eye injury in Christmas Day hit-and-run

The Argus: Teenage boy suffers 'life-changing' eye injury in Christmas Day hit-and-run Teenage boy suffers 'life-changing' eye injury in Christmas Day hit-and-run

A teenager suffered "life-changing" injuries on Christmas Day after a hit-and-run car collision.

The 16-year-old boy got fragments of glass in his eye after the smash in Hove.

He was the front-seat passenger of a taxi at at the traffic light-controlled junction of Church Road and Sackville Road.

The blue Skoda Octavia taxi was travelling west along Church Road when a silver Vauxhall Insignia saloon travelling north along Sackville Road collided with its nearside.

The taxi went out of control and mounted a pavement.

A passenger briefly stepped out of the Vauxhall and looked into the taxi, but then got back into the car which sped away from the scene.

It was likely to have sustained significant frontal damage in the collision, police said.

The teenager, from Southwick, suffered head injuries which included fragments of glass entering his right eye.

The taxi driver, also from Southwick, suffered whiplash injuries.

Both were taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, by ambulance.

Witnesses to the crash are being sought by police, particularly sightings of a badly damaged silver Vauxhall Insignia in the Hove area.

They are asked to phone Sussex Police on 101 or email: collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk, quoting serial 1196 of 25/12.

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11:16am Fri 27 Dec 13

Farouche says...

Evil Vauxhall driver! He just couldn't SEE the harm he'd done to that poor Southwick boy.
Evil Vauxhall driver! He just couldn't SEE the harm he'd done to that poor Southwick boy. Farouche

11:55am Fri 27 Dec 13

hey mongo says...

Hope the kid gets better...notice how the driver suffered whiplash injuries he probably after a bigger payout than the boy...
Hope the kid gets better...notice how the driver suffered whiplash injuries he probably after a bigger payout than the boy... hey mongo

12:43pm Fri 27 Dec 13

ghost bus driver says...

Whiplash injuries? Shouldn't have gone to that dominatrix over Christmas then.
Whiplash injuries? Shouldn't have gone to that dominatrix over Christmas then. ghost bus driver

12:54pm Fri 27 Dec 13

davyboy says...

doesn't say which one jumped the red light. one of them must have done! poor lad, hope you recover
doesn't say which one jumped the red light. one of them must have done! poor lad, hope you recover davyboy

2:52pm Fri 27 Dec 13

graham_Seagull says...

Surely there MUST have been a cyclist involved there somewhere as apparently there are the cause of ALL accidents, never the motorist.
Surely there MUST have been a cyclist involved there somewhere as apparently there are the cause of ALL accidents, never the motorist. graham_Seagull

5:30pm Fri 27 Dec 13

scuba1 says...

Blimey the British public are full of sympathy today , any excuse to air their political crap on here , I hope the lad makes a full recovery and wish him well .
Blimey the British public are full of sympathy today , any excuse to air their political crap on here , I hope the lad makes a full recovery and wish him well . scuba1

11:42am Sat 28 Dec 13

hubby says...

Happened to me a few years back.
Three different people identified the driver,his DNA and fingerprints were in the offending car,he had no alibi......and the police refused to charge him.
Happened to me a few years back. Three different people identified the driver,his DNA and fingerprints were in the offending car,he had no alibi......and the police refused to charge him. hubby

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