Man ‘left for dead’ after hit and run

PUBLISHED: 07:00 29 August 2017

Douglas May who was hit by a van while out running.

Douglas May who was hit by a van while out running.

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A 74-year-old runner says he ‘could have died’ after he was hit twice by a van and ‘left for dead’ in the road.

Douglas May who was hit by a van while out running.Douglas May who was hit by a van while out running.

Douglas May, from Yatton, was out running in Kingston Seymour on August 15 when he was hit by a van, which failed to stop.

Mr May was running in Middle Lane at 9.56am when the vehicle hit him in the shoulder, then struck him again, leaving him in a ditch.

He said: “I was running along Middle Lane when I saw the van coming up behind me.

“I could see further round the bend than he could so I waved him on. I wasn’t expecting to be hit for six.

Douglas May who was hit by a van while out running.Douglas May who was hit by a van while out running.

“The van hit me in the shoulder first of all. As I went forward he must have realised he hit me and swerved and the rear of the van hit me again.

“The next thing I knew I was flat on my face in a ditch and I could just see a white van disappearing around the corner in great haste.

“The driver left me for dead. He must have known he’d hit me as I’m 13-and-a-half stone.”

Mr May was lucky to escape with minor injuries but he said he was ‘angry and shaken’ as his injuries could have been much more serious.

He said: “I could have died. It happened so quickly and I felt the crack in my shoulder.

“I’ve got bruises and cuts and my left hand is swollen. My shoulder is also very painful.

“What made me more aggrieved is that I’ve just recovered from a fairly long injury and I was just beginning to run again.

“I lay there for a minute or two, but luckily I wasn’t too far out of Kingston Seymour so I managed to walk back.

“I was angry and shaken. It could have been a lot worse.”

Kingston Seymour is one of Mr May’s regular running routes as it does not attract much traffic.

He said: “I’ve run that way for 50 years. The roads are fairly narrow because of the nature of the village and it’s good to run in because normally you don’t see much traffic down there.

“It’s not put me off. I’ll still keep running as it’s something I’ve always done.”

Mr May wants anyone with information to come forward.

Witnesses to the incident can call police on 101 and quote reference number 2017/5435.

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