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Bloomsbury woman seriously injured by passing coach appeals for witnesses
An elderly Bloomsbury resident who was seriously injured when she was struck in the head by a passing coach is appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward.
Ruth Harris, who was 70 at the time of the incident, was waiting to cross Marylebone Road at a set of traffic lights when she was knocked to the ground by the coach’s left hand wing mirror as it drove past. The force of the impact knocked her unconscious and left her with fractures to her skull, vertebra and cheekbone, as well as a broken tooth, damage to her right eye and cuts to her face which required 18 stitches.
Miss Harris, of Bury Place, had been returning from the Marylebone Summer Fair and was waiting to cross Marylebone Road near the junction with Marylebone High Street at around 3pm on the 13th June 2010, when the incident occurred.
“Other than heading towards the traffic lights, I have no memory of the actual incident up until the moment I woke up in the back of an ambulance on my way to hospital,” said Miss Harris. “I realise now how fortunate it is that I was only hit by the wing mirror rather than the bus itself. Although I was seriously injured, I could so easily have been killed.”
The coach is believed to have been travelling at around 15mph when it struck Miss Harris, knocking her to the ground and leaving her unconscious and suffering with a number of severe injuries. Fortunately, an off-duty London Ambulance Service member witnessed the incident and was able to provide assistance until the arrival of the emergency services.
Miss Harris was taken to the Royal London Hospital for treatment, where she remained for two days before being discharged with a surgical neck brace.
“I find it so frustrating that I can’t remember exactly what happened that day,” said Miss Harris. “I’m very familiar with the area as I used to work at the nearby Royal Academy of Music. I have crossed the road at the same set of traffic lights over a number of years and I believe I would never have stepped out into the road without first ensuring it was safe to do so.”
Etala Cleaves, representing Miss Harris, said she now hoped witnesses to the incident would come forward with information to help establish a clear picture of what happened.
“Almost two years later we still do not know the exact circumstances that led up to Miss Harris’s injuries,” said Miss Cleaves, a serious injuries expert at Fentons Solicitors LLP. “What we do know however, is that this was a hugely frightening and deeply unsettling experience which has left my client with scarring to her face and suffering from recurring spells of dizziness.
“In order to gather all the relevant facts and build a fuller picture as to exactly what happened that day, it is now paramount we get as much information as possible.
“If anyone was on Marylebone Road or near the junction with Marylebone High Street on the afternoon of the Marylebone Summer Fair and remembers witnessing the incident, then please get in touch,” she added. “Crucially, we have not been able to contact the off-duty member of the London Ambulance Service who attended the scene after witnessing the incident itself, nor have we been able to obtain any information in relation to them.”
Can you help?If you remember seeing the incident on Marylebone Road near the junction with Marylebone High Street, at around 3pm on Saturday 13 June 2010, please contact Etala Cleaves at Fentons Solicitors LLP on 0207 092 2865 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence, and any detail could be hugely important to this case.
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