A 93-year-old man from Leyton was hit by a car in Leyton High Road this afternoon before the driver sped off, according to witnesses

The scene of the hit and run in High Road, Leyton.

The scene of the hit and run in High Road, Leyton.

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Witnesses to a hit and run have described hearing a loud bang before seeing an elderly man thrown into the air this afternoon.

At around 1pm the victim, who lives in Leyton and is in his 90s, was hit by a black car which then immediately drove off at speed, according to people who witnessed the incident.

Timothy Griffith, who said he is a friend of the victim, had taken a break from work at his shop in High Road and was in Tony’s Cafe, on the corner of Coopers Lane, when the incident happened.

He said: “I was talking to the lady in the cafe when I heard it.

"I turned around and just saw him up in the air.

“I saw the back of the car, it was black. I didn’t see much else I was just focusing on the guy. I was only round his house last week.

“At first I thought he was dead but then I saw his legs moving.

"There was a lot of blood, I think he hit his head.

“Before they took him away he was trying to speak.

“I still can’t believe it. The car must have been going at about 50mph.”

Mr Griffith, who owns The Lock Shop, said a fire crew was travelling down the road and immediately dealt with the situation, closing the road to traffic.

Mehmet Kahrami, who owns Tony's Cafe directly opposite the incident, said the police arrived within minutes.

“I just saw the car,” he added.

“It was going so, so fast.

“I think it was a Vauxhall Zafira. I saw the man on the floor and one of the customers dialled 999.”

Police and the ambulance service have been approached for information.

 

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5:10pm Wed 3 Sep 14

cynicalsue says...

We can only hope they get the vile person who did this as well as hope for the best for the victim.
We can only hope they get the vile person who did this as well as hope for the best for the victim. cynicalsue
  • Score: 18

5:23pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Villagecranberry says...

They speed down the high road like lunatics and never get caught and I bet the CCTV is not working as usual. I hope the old chap is ok and recovers and they catch the vile creature who did this.
They speed down the high road like lunatics and never get caught and I bet the CCTV is not working as usual. I hope the old chap is ok and recovers and they catch the vile creature who did this. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 23

7:46pm Wed 3 Sep 14

StanE11 says...

Scum. Impotent, insecure little boys showing off in a car on busy public roads, screaming up and down at stupid speeds. Cowardly scum.
Scum. Impotent, insecure little boys showing off in a car on busy public roads, screaming up and down at stupid speeds. Cowardly scum. StanE11
  • Score: 4

9:55pm Wed 3 Sep 14

HottRedMan says...

StanE11 wrote:
Scum. Impotent, insecure little boys showing off in a car on busy public roads, screaming up and down at stupid speeds. Cowardly scum.
What a pathetic comment, how on earth can you tell who was driving. Since you seem to know all the answers you should join up with the MET, your detective work may be valued.
[quote][p][bold]StanE11[/bold] wrote: Scum. Impotent, insecure little boys showing off in a car on busy public roads, screaming up and down at stupid speeds. Cowardly scum.[/p][/quote]What a pathetic comment, how on earth can you tell who was driving. Since you seem to know all the answers you should join up with the MET, your detective work may be valued. HottRedMan
  • Score: -5

11:08pm Wed 3 Sep 14

StanE11 says...

Read the article numbnutes, the person who was driving AT NEARLY TWICE THE SPEED LIMIT, who then left a pensioner bleeding in the gutter, is cowardly scum. If you disagree explain why.

In parts of East London more than 8% of the cars are uninsured, these are the drivers who carry out more hit-and-runs, why would they stop?

Kingsley Gordon-Allen is a gutless coward who killed a man in a hit-and-run in E11. He's now crying in prison, where this driver belongs.
Read the article numbnutes, the person who was driving AT NEARLY TWICE THE SPEED LIMIT, who then left a pensioner bleeding in the gutter, is cowardly scum. If you disagree explain why. In parts of East London more than 8% of the cars are uninsured, these are the drivers who carry out more hit-and-runs, why would they stop? Kingsley Gordon-Allen is a gutless coward who killed a man in a hit-and-run in E11. He's now crying in prison, where this driver belongs. StanE11
  • Score: 10

12:48am Thu 4 Sep 14

Villagecranberry says...

HottRedMan wrote:
StanE11 wrote:
Scum. Impotent, insecure little boys showing off in a car on busy public roads, screaming up and down at stupid speeds. Cowardly scum.
What a pathetic comment, how on earth can you tell who was driving. Since you seem to know all the answers you should join up with the MET, your detective work may be valued.
You are yet another appeaser in denial, backing the crooked scumbags who make everyone's lives a misery.

Have you ever backed up the good guy like the 93 year old gentleman?
[quote][p][bold]HottRedMan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]StanE11[/bold] wrote: Scum. Impotent, insecure little boys showing off in a car on busy public roads, screaming up and down at stupid speeds. Cowardly scum.[/p][/quote]What a pathetic comment, how on earth can you tell who was driving. Since you seem to know all the answers you should join up with the MET, your detective work may be valued.[/p][/quote]You are yet another appeaser in denial, backing the crooked scumbags who make everyone's lives a misery. Have you ever backed up the good guy like the 93 year old gentleman? Villagecranberry
  • Score: 7

12:10pm Thu 4 Sep 14

myopinioncounts says...

The commenters so far seem to be assuming that the driver was speeding at the moment of the collision, when the report only states that the car drove AWAY at speed. Also this is a main road and attempting to cross it not using a pedestrian crossing is foolhardy for the fleet of foot. Should a 90 year old have been taking that chance (IF THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED) ? Of course it is unforgivable for the driver not to stop, but IF totally innocent and the collision was unavoidable it is just possible that the shock made him/her panic. I hope they have had the decency to report to a Police station by now. No doubt the 'thumbs down' will be given to my comments but think if it was you that was being judged and sentenced without benefit of evidence?
The commenters so far seem to be assuming that the driver was speeding at the moment of the collision, when the report only states that the car drove AWAY at speed. Also this is a main road and attempting to cross it not using a pedestrian crossing is foolhardy for the fleet of foot. Should a 90 year old have been taking that chance (IF THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED) ? Of course it is unforgivable for the driver not to stop, but IF totally innocent and the collision was unavoidable it is just possible that the shock made him/her panic. I hope they have had the decency to report to a Police station by now. No doubt the 'thumbs down' will be given to my comments but think if it was you that was being judged and sentenced without benefit of evidence? myopinioncounts
  • Score: 3

12:45pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Villagecranberry says...

myopinioncounts wrote:
The commenters so far seem to be assuming that the driver was speeding at the moment of the collision, when the report only states that the car drove AWAY at speed. Also this is a main road and attempting to cross it not using a pedestrian crossing is foolhardy for the fleet of foot. Should a 90 year old have been taking that chance (IF THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED) ? Of course it is unforgivable for the driver not to stop, but IF totally innocent and the collision was unavoidable it is just possible that the shock made him/her panic. I hope they have had the decency to report to a Police station by now. No doubt the 'thumbs down' will be given to my comments but think if it was you that was being judged and sentenced without benefit of evidence?
How can he be 'totally innocent' having hit a pedestrian and run off ?

It is unwise to cross a main road, yes, but it does not entitle drivers to run pedestrians down like skittles.

On the contrary, elderly people should be afforded extra time to cross and the driver was probably not paying adequate attention to his driving.
[quote][p][bold]myopinioncounts[/bold] wrote: The commenters so far seem to be assuming that the driver was speeding at the moment of the collision, when the report only states that the car drove AWAY at speed. Also this is a main road and attempting to cross it not using a pedestrian crossing is foolhardy for the fleet of foot. Should a 90 year old have been taking that chance (IF THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED) ? Of course it is unforgivable for the driver not to stop, but IF totally innocent and the collision was unavoidable it is just possible that the shock made him/her panic. I hope they have had the decency to report to a Police station by now. No doubt the 'thumbs down' will be given to my comments but think if it was you that was being judged and sentenced without benefit of evidence?[/p][/quote]How can he be 'totally innocent' having hit a pedestrian and run off ? It is unwise to cross a main road, yes, but it does not entitle drivers to run pedestrians down like skittles. On the contrary, elderly people should be afforded extra time to cross and the driver was probably not paying adequate attention to his driving. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 4

1:03pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Megamix says...

myopinioncounts wrote:
The commenters so far seem to be assuming that the driver was speeding at the moment of the collision, when the report only states that the car drove AWAY at speed. Also this is a main road and attempting to cross it not using a pedestrian crossing is foolhardy for the fleet of foot. Should a 90 year old have been taking that chance (IF THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED) ? Of course it is unforgivable for the driver not to stop, but IF totally innocent and the collision was unavoidable it is just possible that the shock made him/her panic. I hope they have had the decency to report to a Police station by now. No doubt the 'thumbs down' will be given to my comments but think if it was you that was being judged and sentenced without benefit of evidence?
As a driver, you would have to go a good speed to actually flip someone in the air, I do hope the man is ok.
[quote][p][bold]myopinioncounts[/bold] wrote: The commenters so far seem to be assuming that the driver was speeding at the moment of the collision, when the report only states that the car drove AWAY at speed. Also this is a main road and attempting to cross it not using a pedestrian crossing is foolhardy for the fleet of foot. Should a 90 year old have been taking that chance (IF THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED) ? Of course it is unforgivable for the driver not to stop, but IF totally innocent and the collision was unavoidable it is just possible that the shock made him/her panic. I hope they have had the decency to report to a Police station by now. No doubt the 'thumbs down' will be given to my comments but think if it was you that was being judged and sentenced without benefit of evidence?[/p][/quote]As a driver, you would have to go a good speed to actually flip someone in the air, I do hope the man is ok. Megamix
  • Score: 5

1:59pm Thu 4 Sep 14

StanE11 says...

"this is a main road and attempting to cross it not using a pedestrian crossing is foolhardy for the fleet of foot."

I'd be interested in how you managed to obtain a driving licence without learning that pedestrians ALWAYS have priority. This is a busy road, there are lots of pedestrians, it is up to the DRIVER- the person in charge of a ton of steel, to avoid any collision, especially with a vulnerable road user like a pensioner. For God's sake, the man's 93, he won't have suddenly appeared from somewhere, he would have been moving really slowly and was hit by a gutless coward who fled.
"this is a main road and attempting to cross it not using a pedestrian crossing is foolhardy for the fleet of foot." I'd be interested in how you managed to obtain a driving licence without learning that pedestrians ALWAYS have priority. This is a busy road, there are lots of pedestrians, it is up to the DRIVER- the person in charge of a ton of steel, to avoid any collision, especially with a vulnerable road user like a pensioner. For God's sake, the man's 93, he won't have suddenly appeared from somewhere, he would have been moving really slowly and was hit by a gutless coward who fled. StanE11
  • Score: 4

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