9:26am Wednesday 8th August 2012
By Emily Walker, Chief Reporter
A woman has begged for help to catch the men who knocked her down and left her for dead.
Michelle Greest, from Hove, is still in hospital with a broken back after she was knocked down by a stolen car which police believe was involved in a ram raid.
Bravely speaking out, the 28-year-old said: “Someone somewhere knows who was driving the car that hit me and did not stop. I don’t know how anyone can do such a thing – knock a human being down and just drive on.
“I have suffered ten breaks to various bones in my body which include my legs, hips and vertebrae and will not be able to walk properly for some time.
“Doctors have told me I had two blood clots on my brain and that I am lucky to have not suffered brain damage.
“Luckily I was with people who were able to call an ambulance and get me the urgent medical help that I needed.
“What’s to stop them doing the same thing again? Their next victim may not be as lucky as me.”
Ms Greest was knocked down as she crossed Kings Road in Brighton at about 4.45am on Sunday, July 15 after a night out. She was taken to Hurstwood Park Neurosciences Centre in Haywards Heath with serious head injuries.
Detective Sergeant Leon Ryan, who is leading the investigation said: “I am determined to find those responsible and I would urge anyone who has information that could help us with the investigation to please contact us as soon as possible. We need to get justice for Michelle.”
Detectives believe the Passat that hit Michelle was used a short time later in a ram raid at a wood flooring shop in Trafalgar Road, Portslade.
The car was later found abandoned in Amherst Crescent, Hove.
A white Vauxhall Corsa was stolen from Amherst Crescent and seen at the same flooring shop at around 6.23am on the same day.
On that occasion two men were seen loading up the car with pallets of oak flooring and driving off towards Victoria Park. The Corsa was found abandoned the following day in Hartington Road, Brighton.
Police have released CCTV pictures of two men loading the Corsa at the shop who they would like to speak to over the incidents.
On Sunday the Wood Flooring Centre was burgled for a third time.
Anyone who recognises the men in the CCTV or has any information about the thefts should call Sussex Police on 101.
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