Injured Wem pensioner appeals for witnesses following collision

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Injured Wem pensioner appeals for witnesses following collision

17th October 2012

A 75-year-old Wem man is appealing for witnesses to come forward following a collision which has left him with a potential brain injury.

Father-of-two Neville Cherrington, of Mill Street, was driving along Shrewsbury Road (B5476) towards Wem when a Ford Focus pulled out of the Robinson Young petrol station on the right hand side of the road and drove straight into the side of his Vauxhall Corsa. The incident occurred shortly before 8:30am on Monday 17 September 2012.

Chris Baxendale, a road traffic collisions expert at Fentons Solicitors LLP, is representing Mr Cherrington. “We now urgently need anyone who may have witnessed the incident to come forward,” said Mr Baxendale, a solicitor with the firm. “Neville suffered a number of injuries including a potential brain injury and we desperately need to piece together exactly how the incident occurred.”

The impact of the collision flipped Mr Cherrington’s car onto its roof and rendered him unconscious. He was then trapped upside-down inside his vehicle until fire crews from Wem, Prees, Wellington and an officer from Shrewsbury arrived at the scene and spent the next 20 minutes cutting him free from his car. He was then taken by ambulance to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, having suffered a serious head injury as well as fractures to the top and bottom of his spine, ribs and sternum.

“Neville remembers very little about the incident itself, but he can vaguely recall speaking to the ambulance crew whilst he was trapped inside his car,” said Mr Baxendale. “From the limited information we have gathered so far we understand that both vehicles were white and that the driver of the Ford Focus stopped at the scene following the collision.”

Mr Baxendale said that the incident occurred on a busy stretch of road directly across from Robinson Young petrol station where he believes there must have been people who saw what happened. “We are now anxious to trace anyone who witnessed the incident or was at the scene immediately afterwards, as they could have vital information to help us determine what happened.

“Neville is currently incoherent and clearly in considerable pain,” said Mr Baxendale. “At present, the effects of his head injury remain uncertain but he will obviously need a significant amount of care and support to aid his recovery. If anyone was on Shrewsbury Road that morning and witnessed the incident, then please do get in touch.”

Can you help?If you remember seeing the incident on Shrewsbury Road (B5476) shortly before 8:30am on Monday 17 September 2012, please contact Chris Baxendale at Fentons Solicitors LLP on 0844 854 3088 or e-mail All information will be treated in the strictest confidence, and any detail could be hugely important to this case.