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Pensioner crippled in hit and run

PUBLISHED: 17:33 21 July 2010 | UPDATED: 11:49 23 August 2010

A FRAIL pensioner who was knocked over and left with crippling injuries by a hit and run driver has broken her silence in a bid to bring the offenders to justice. Brave Mary Hollingum, 91, was recovering from surgery on thyroid cancer when she was knocked

A FRAIL pensioner who was knocked over and left with crippling injuries by a hit and run driver has broken her silence in a bid to bring the offenders to justice.

Brave Mary Hollingum, 91, was recovering from surgery on thyroid cancer when she was knocked to the ground by a silver Vauxhall Astra on Arthur Street, Gravesend, shattering both her arms and leaving her needing constant care.

The driver, and her passenger, both Asian women, initially attempted to drag the helpless woman to her feet. Shockingly, having failed to move her they fled the scene, leaving her slumped in agony on the floor, just metres from her home.

She said: "I was just starting to recover from the cancer surgery. This has really knocked me back."

After a lengthy spell in Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford, and supported by her daughter, Barbara Hollingum, the duo contacted the Reporter to appeal for witnesses after police investigations led to no arrests.

Mrs Hollingum shattered her left arm in two places and fractured her right arm, leaving her requiring help to wash, dress, eat and even use the toilet.

Since the accident she has returned to hospital for regular treatment and does not know at this stage how long it will take for her to recover due to her age.

She described how she was preparing to cross the road when the parked Astra reversed into her, at about 11am on July 8.

The distraught mother-of-two said: "I was lying on the floor and I could tell my arms were broken. She tried to bend to pick me up and I was screaming at her to leave me alone and call an ambulance.

"They suddenly turned away and got in the car and just drove off leaving me alone without calling for help. I was in total shock, I could not believe they left me there in the road."

A passing postwoman called an ambulance and stayed with her until it arrived.

Daughter Barbara Hollingum is outraged at the behaviour of the two women and is determined to find the culprits.

She said: "I know what car it was and I think they are from the area. I have been driving around for two days trying to find this car. It makes me so angry to think they could just get away with crippling my mother.

"Someone must know who these women are. I just want them to think about how they would feel if it was their mother left like this and do the right thing. It will only be worse the longer they leave it."

Miss Hollingum. who lives in Essex but is staying with her mother to care for her, added: "This has left her so depressed and helpless."

Kent Police have been contacted but confirmed that at this stage no arrests have been made.

A spokesperson said: "If anyone knows who these women are they must do the right thing. This is a tight community and I know someone will know who they are."

Call Kent police on 01622 690690 with information or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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