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Someone must know who killed my son'

PUBLISHED: 15:52 03 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:44 23 August 2010

Ron & Joan Martin make appeal after their son Neil was killed in a hit & run accident in Gravesend
11-07-07
Pic:Simon Hildrew

Ron & Joan Martin make appeal after their son Neil was killed in a hit & run accident in Gravesend 11-07-07 Pic:Simon Hildrew

THE grieving mother of a man who died in a horrific hit-and-run says someone in the community knows his killer and has pleaded for them to come forward. Neil Martin, 43, was hit by a reversing car as he was crossing Old Road West, Gravesend, in May 2007,

VICTIM: Neil Martin

THE grieving mother of a man who died in a horrific hit-and-run says someone in the community knows his killer and has pleaded for them to come forward.

Neil Martin, 43, was hit by a reversing car as he was crossing Old Road West, Gravesend, in May 2007, and died a week later from his injuries.

As the second anniversary of his death passes this Sunday, police have yet to trace the driver of the car.

His mother, Joan Martin, of Cecil Road, Northfleet, a cleaning supervisor at Gravesend Grammar School for Girls, says the pain of losing her only son is as raw as it ever was, and hopes that one day her family will get justice.

She said: "There is someone out there who knows what happened, and they might even be covering up for the person who did it.

"I don't know how why it happened, but the driver should come forward and give themselves up.

"Two years have passed, and it is still tough, I thought it might get easier, but it never does. It has affected our family so much.

"I walk past the scene four times a day on my way to work, I relive that moment nearly everyday. Everyday I feel what it must have been like for Neil."

An inquest into Mr Martin's death heard that on May 31, he was hit by a reversing silver Ford Escort, and dragged 14 metres along the road.

A witness claimed the driver was talking on his mobile phone and not looking where he was going. He then sped off in the direction of Pelham Road and Perry Street. Mr Martin was rushed to hospital, but died a week later.

An open verdict was recorded.

Mrs Martin and her husband Ronald, erected a bench in his memory at Camer Park, Meopham, where Neil used to walk his dog.

"We will be going up to Camer Park on Sunday, just close family, my daughter and my husband, for a small get together to remember Neil.

"I will lay some flowers at the spot where he died, and we will meet with some of the dog walkers, they have been very supportive.

"I don't think we will ever get justice we need. I just hope that one day they will get their comeuppance."

Police say the driver is an Asian male, in his late 20s or early 30s.

Do you have any information? Call the Reporter on 01474 320749.

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