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Witnesses sought as jogger left critically ill after being hit by Ford Kuga in Simone Weil Avenue in Ashford

09 January 2014
by Samantha Williams

Witnesses are being sought after a jogger was left fighting his life after being hit by a car in Ashford.

The 45-year-old man, from the town, was struck by a Ford Kuga at the traffic lights in Simone Weil Avenue at around 1.45pm on Saturday.

He suffered life-threatening head, neck, chest and abdominal injuries and was flown by air ambulance to Tunbridge Wells Hospital.

An air ambulance at the scene of the crash outside the Warren Retail Park. Picture Andy Clark

An air ambulance at the scene of the crash outside the Warren Retail Park. Picture: Andy Clark

He was later transferred to King’s College Hospital, London, where he remains in a critical condition.

The car driver, a woman, has been arrested and bailed pending further inquiries.

Now Kent Police's Serious Collision Investigation Unit is appealing for witnesses.

PC David Jeeves said: "We would particularly like to speak to the driver of a light van who went through the traffic lights prior to the collision.

"It came from the roundabout heading in the direction of Kennington.

"Several witnesses have already mentioned this van and the driver may be able to provide us with some valuable information."

Emergency services at the scene of the accident in Simone Weil Avenue

Emergency services at the scene of the accident in Simone Weil Avenue, Ashford

Following the smash on Saturday, Simone Weil Avenue was closed in both directions for four hours while officers gathered evidence.

It meant hundreds of motorists found themselves trapped on the Warren Retail Park 

A police spokesman said: "We would like to thank them for their patience and apologise for any inconvenience caused."

The man was air lifted to hospital by the air ambulance

A man being treated by ambulance and air ambulance staff. File picture

Anyone with information is urged to phone the witness appeal line on 01622 798538, quoting 04-690.

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