The niece of a man who was left in a coma after a hit and run has pleaded for the driver to ‘do the right thing and come forward’.
Robert Higgins, 63, has been in an induced coma ever since he was hit by a vehicle on Genners Lane in Northfield, Birmingham, at about 11.30pm on Tuesday.
His horrific injuries include a bleed on the brain, a fractured skull, six broken ribs on his right hand side, a broken pelvis and a broken nose, and his family are keeping a bedside vigil in the hope he pulls through.
No-one has been arrested and Mr Higgins’ niece, Joanne Piotrowski, 31, has pleaded for the driver to come forward.
She said: ‘Do the right thing and come forward and hand yourself in – it’s only going to make matters worse.
‘My uncle is a lovely person. He’s so calm and collected. He keeps himself to himself. He’s a mad Aston Villa fan. He loves walking in the countryside and being on the seafront.’
Miss Piotrowski said she was ‘shocked and devastated’ when she was told what has happened.
She said: ‘I thought, is he going to be OK? He’s my mum’s brother and she has already lost one brother, so I couldn’t lose the last uncle on my mother’s side.’
She then broke the news to her mother who had just arrived back from holiday at 5pm on Wednesday and they both rushed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Miss Piotrowski said: ‘The sight of him broke me down. It made me feel sick that someone could do that to another person.’
His family has now made the brave decision to publish a picture of his injuries as they ‘hold his hand’ and urge him to ‘stay strong’.
Miss Piotrowski said: ‘If anyone has any information, come forward. How would they like it if that was their uncle, dad or son lying there.’
Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, from West Midlands Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: ‘We are in the early stages of piecing together how this man came about his injuries and I am keeping an open mind.
‘We are unclear at this stage whether the man was a pedestrian crossing the road before he was struck, or whether he had already sustained injuries in the road before he was hit by a car.
‘I would urge anyone who knows anything or who was in the area at the time, to get in touch with us as a matter of urgency.
‘In particular I would appeal to the driver of a light coloured 4×4 car which was at the location at the time to make contact.’