POLICE have stepped up their hunt for a motorist who left a Kidderminster father and son injured, one of them severely, during a vicious daytime hit-and-run.
The shocking incident in the heart of the Horsefair area of Kidderminster is being treated as attempted murder.
The older victim, in his 60s, has been left with life-changing injuries after the black Vauxhall Corsa car mounted a pavement and crashed into him.
According to witnesses in the close-knit community, none of whom wanted to be identified, the incident unfolded rapidly at around 4pm on Monday.
The car, heading up Broad Street towards The Horsefair, first crashed into a motorbike driven by a man in his 20s, knocking him to the ground. Moments later the motorcyclist’s father appeared on the scene on foot and an altercation ensued.
The confrontation ended when the motorist drove into the older man before speeding from the scene.
The car’s back window was shattered during the incident.
Despite strong leads and intensive efforts to trace the car and driver, both remain at large.
West Mercia Police today renewed their appeals for any witnesses who saw the incident, or who witnessed the car as it made its way through Kidderminster before or after the attack, or anyone who can shed any light on the whereabouts of the car or driver.
It’s believed the vehicle had a registration plate ending in VXJ.
Detective Inspector Gerry Smith, who is leading the investigation, said: “We are currently working to ascertain the circumstances of this incident, which has left a man sustaining serious injuries.
“A thorough investigation has been launched and we would ask anyone who may have witnessed the incident or may have any information which could assist with enquiries to please come forward.”
Anyone with information should call West Mercia Police on 101 quoting incident 518s of 23 July 2018, or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
“We are grateful for the support of the community so far in trying to bring the driver to justice but we think there are people who may still have information or who witnessed what happened. We would urge anyone who can help identify the driver to contact us.” (Insp Jake Wright)
A CCTV camera at the incident scene, installed ten years ago following a community campaign, was not working at the time.
Emergency services sped to the scene after the incident and provided life-saving support to the severely injured older man, who was flown by air ambulance to Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital for critical care. He remains in hospital.
His son was taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital and treated for abrasions.
Police also deployed armed officers in the hunt for the driver. Officers with guns were spotted at three locations around the town in the immediate aftermath of the incident.
Anyone who can help police in any way is urged to contact them.
* The identities of the two victims have not been released by the police but have been confirmed by local residents to Wyrelife. We have chosen not to identify the victims without their permission.
Story and images by Jane Haynes