Mother of Coventry girl hit by car appeals for witnesses

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Mother of Coventry girl hit by car appeals for witnesses

20th September 2011

The mother of a Coventry schoolgirl seriously injured when she was hit by a car whilst crossing the road has made an emotional appeal for witnesses to come forward.

Anne-Marie Eales said that her 14-year-old daughter Demi-Marie Russell had been left devastated and the whole family distraught, after she was hit by the car outside their home in Holyhead Road, Coventry, on the morning of Monday June 20 this year.

Demi, who attends nearby Cardinal Newman School, spent three months in hospital following the incident and has only just been allowed to return home. She relies on a wheelchair to move around, and the extent of her injuries and long-term prognosis are still not yet known.

Lawyers representing the teenager are now hoping anyone who witnessed the car hitting her at around 7.50am on 20 June will come forward with information which can help them secure the care and assistance she and her family needs.

“Demi was on her way to school like any normal day, but realised she’d forgotten something and was popping back home when the car hit her,” said Mrs Eales. “My husband and I ran outside when we heard all the commotion.

“We found Demi lying in the middle of the road, just a few feet from where the car had stopped,” she said.

Several people in the area called 999 and ambulance crews arrived to rush Demi to hospital. ”She was kept in intensive care for four days, and has only just been released from hospital after spending three months there,” she said. “I spent all of my time at the hospital, and the whole family is just relieved that she is now home. But we still have a long way to go.”

Jenny Keith, a specialist personal injury lawyer with Fentons Solicitors LLP, is representing the family. “Witness statements taken by the police describe how Demi was thrown several feet through the air as a result of the impact,” she said.

“She suffered a catalogue of horrific injuries, including a fractured skull, neck and eye socket, bruising to her brain, a loss of movement in the left side of her body, a fractured pelvis, and damage to her kidney. She also had a fractured ankle and countless cuts all over her body.

“Although doctors have yet to determine the full extent of her injuries and how long her recovery will take,” said Miss Keith, “what’s clear is that she and her family will need specialist care, help and assistance in the future.”

The driver of the vehicle - a silver Peugeot 3008 - immediately stopped at the scene. Although questioned by police, she was not charged with any offence.

“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,” said Miss Keith. “We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who was driving or walking in Holyhead Road that morning.

“We already have a number of witness accounts, but we still need to put together the whole picture of just what happened if we are to secure Demi and her family the help they will need in the future.”

Mrs Eales said that as the incident occurred at around 8am on a Monday morning, there were several vehicles and pedestrians in the area. “People were heading off to work or school when it happened,” she said, “and there were lots of people coming to Demi’s help as soon as the car hit her. We’re hoping that someone will come forward with vital information so that we can get Demi all the help she will need.”

Can you help?
If you remember seeing the incident in Holyhead Road, Coventry, at around 7.50am on Monday, 20 June 2011, please contact Jenny Keith at Fentons Solicitors LLP on 0161 238 6403 or e-mail