A mother who was involved in a hit-and-run incident has made a TV appeal for information on the collision that has left her paralysed.
Chanelle Higgins spent five months in hospital and is immobilised from the waist down after being struck by a car while on a night out in south-east London on May 29, 2016.
The car mounted the pavement in West Norwood and hit Ms Higgins and her friend, before driving away, police have said.
Ms Higgins has suffered life-changing injuries and now uses a wheelchair and suffers from limited movement in her upper body.
A heartfelt plea
The mother of two has now made an appeal on BBC’s Crimewatch on Monday, March 6, to try and track down the driver.
She told the show: “The last thing I remember was going in the ambulance and screaming about my legs hurting, my legs hurting and trying to reach for my legs and then blacking out and waking up in a hospital bed with all tubes in my mouth, my neck, my nose.
“And they told me that I was paralysed and I had very limited use to my hands – it was just horrible.”
‘I’m a fighter’
As a mum to a 13-year-old boy and five-year-old girl Ms Higgins said she wanted “to die there and then”, following the hit-and-run collision, but says her kids have been her motivation throughout.
Speaking to the Press Association, she said: “If I didn’t have kids I would have given up because it was so hard, so painful.
“I still do try my hardest with the kids because I am not going to give up. I am not going to let them see mummy’s weak. Mummy’s too strong. I’m a fighter.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police on 101 or to give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Source: BBC News
Date Published: March 13, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown