I SAW DAD DIE IN HORROR SMASH
PUBLISHED: 17:14 20 August 2008 | UPDATED: 10:02 23 August 2010
THE daughter of a 96-year-old man who was killed in a horrific road accident just yards from his home comforted him as he lay dying on the road. Retired Pamela Cleggett, 69, rushed to the aid of Tom Hole, of South Street, Meopham, after he was struck cro
THE daughter of a 96-year-old man who was killed in a horrific road accident just yards from his home comforted him as he lay dying on the road.
Retired Pamela Cleggett, 69, rushed to the aid of Tom Hole, of South Street, Meopham, after he was struck crossing the road to collect his morning paper.
Speaking this week, after the smash last Thursday, she told how neighbours rushed to her home to say her father was lying injured in the road.
She said: "My neighbour heard a bump and a screech of brakes and rushed around to tell me. I went out and saw him there unconscious.
"When I looked at him I thought 'there's no way you are going to get out of this one dad'. It was already too late.
"I'm really going to miss him. I keep thinking he is going to walk back in through the door."
The retired electrician left the house he shared with his daughter and her husband Raymond at about 9.15am and was knocked down after stepping out on the road to look past a parked pick-up truck. A lorry that he stepped out in front of swerved to avoid him but a young women driving behind it had no time to react and ran straight into him. Paramedics were quickly on the scene, but despite their best efforts his injuries proved to be too severe. After several minutes of emergency treatment they called Mrs Cleggett to her father's side to say her final farewell on the road. She said: "Everyone was wonderful, they tried so hard. They did everything they could for him.
"They said he had gone into cardiac arrest and stopped working on him after about 10 minutes.
"They said if I had something to say to him he might be able to hear so I just told him I loved him and then he died."
Mrs Cleggett says she does not blame the driver of the car for her tragic loss. She said: "You can't blame the girl that did it. It was just a dreadful accident, a tragic accident. I went up to her and said 'this is an accident, it's just one of those things.'
Mr Hole was born in Poplar, London and moved to Meopham in 1945. He was a well-loved member of the local community and is described by those that knew him as a 'true gentleman'.
Kent Police are investigating the incident and are particularly eager to speak to the driver of the lorry that avoided hitting Mr Hole.
Anyone who witnessed the collision or the events leading up to it is asked to contact the police on 01622 798538.