Man nearly killed by driver appeals for witnesses

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Man nearly killed by driver appeals for witnesses

8th June 2010

A Thamesmead man who spent 21 days on a life support machine after he was knocked down in broad daylight has appealed for witnesses to come forward and help in his fight for justice.

Doro Oddiri was hit by a car on Yarnton Way as he made his way home just after 1pm on Wednesday, 3 March this year. He suffered such horrific injuries that doctors were not sure he would survive.

Mr Oddiri, of Wolvercote Road, sustained a head injury, numerous fractures, lacerations of the kidney and two collapsed lungs, remaining in intensive care and the High Dependency Unit for three weeks before he began to make a very slow recovery.

Now, lawyers representing 40-year-old Mr Oddiri and his family are hoping anyone who witnessed the incident will come forward. "Doro was returning to the area on the 180 bus," said Nick Godwin, a specialist serious injury lawyer with Fentons Solicitors LLP.

"After getting off the bus outside the Lakeside Medical Centre he intended to cross Yarnton Way to make his way home, but he was struck by a blue, R-registration Ford Escort which is believed to have been travelling in the same lane as the bus," said Mr Godwin.

Mr Oddiri was taken by ambulance for emergency treatment at Royal London Hospital, where he remained for more than six weeks.

"Unfortunately because Doro suffered a head injury he doesn't remember much about being hit by the car," said Mr Godwin, an Associate with Fentons. "But it was a busy time of day and we believe a number of people will have witnessed the incident."

"Although the driver stopped at the scene and gave a statement to police, and while there is CCTV footage of the incident, we would still encourage anyone who might have information to come forward so that we can piece together exactly what happened," said Mr Godwin.

Mr Oddiri is staying with his sister in Barking as he recuperates, and he now faces a number of further tests and treatments as an outpatient, as doctors at Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the Royal London Hospital look to ascertain the full extent of his injuries.

"This was such a serious collision that Doro was lucky to escape with his life," said Mr Godwin. "The long-term prognosis for recovery is still unknown, but we do know that he is going to need a lot of help and support in the future to aid his recovery. That's why it's vital that witnesses come forward to help with his claim for compensation.

"In order to secure the specialist care that he will need, we are urging anyone who might have helpful information about the incident - no matter how small or insignificant they think it might be - to come forward," he said. "We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have been on the same 180 bus or who got off the bus and crossed the road that day.

"Anyone who was in the area at the time will surely recall the incident," said Mr Godwin. "The sooner we can trace witnesses, the sooner a complete rehabilitation plan can be put in place to help Doro secure the help he will need to get his life back on track."

Can you help?
If you remember seeing the incident at around 13:10 on Wednesday 3 March 2010, please contact Nick Godwin at Fentons Solicitors on 020 7092 2844 or e-mail nick.godwin@fentons.co.uk. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence, and any detail could be hugely important to this case.