Mechanic recovering in hospital after crash with suspected drink driver

Rob Scott when he took part in the gruelling Tough Mudder challenge

The scene of the crash in Bridgeman Street, Bolton

The scene of the crash in Bridgeman Street, Bolton

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A MECHANIC who suffered life-threatening injuries in a road accident is recovering in hospital.

Rob Scott, aged 25, pictured, was just yards away from work when a Vauxhall Astra smashed into his Peugeot car in Bridgeman Street, Bolton, at 7.55am on Saturday.

Firefighters freed Mr Scott and paramedics treated him at the scene before he was taken by air ambulance to Wythenshawe Hospital, a specialist trauma centre in Manchester.

An hour after the crash, police described Mr Scott’s pelvic injuries as “serious and life threatening”, but his condition has since improved and a hospital spokesman last night described him as being “stable and comfortable”.

Three men got out of the Astra after the crash and ran off, police said.

A man at the scene, who asked not to be named, said: “I didn’t see the crash happen, but, right afterwards, the driver of the Astra ran away from the scene and went into Sainsbury’s to hide.”

One of the three men who had been in the Astra was arrested after he failed a breath test, although he was later de-arrested while police carry out inquiries into who was actually driving the car.

Police closed Bridgeman Street between Thynne Street and Fletcher Street for about six hours after the crash.


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It is understood Mr Scott was travelling along Bridgeman Street towards Fletcher Street and the Astra was travelling in the opposite direction.

Mr Scott's manager, Jason Kenny, of Perrys Peugeot, also in Bridgeman Street, said: “Rob works as a service technician here and was on his way to work. He was a minute or so away from arriving. One of his colleagues went with him in the air ambulance.”

Last summer, Mr Scott took part in the Tough Mudder endurance run, which challenges athletes to complete a 12-mile obstacle course set up by the SAS.

Mr Kenny added: “Rob has been with us since he was an apprentice. He likes to keep fit so we're hoping he will recover and are thinking of him.

“He has suffered a fractured pelvis, a fractured femur, a fractured cheekbone and a fractured ankle.

“It looks like it will take him 10 weeks or so to get back to full health.”

A spokesman for University Hospital of South Manchester, which runs Wythenshawe Hospital, said: “Mr Scott is stable and comfortable. He may need to have more treatment here, but he is conscious, breathing and doing well.”

The spokesmen did not say when it was likely he could return home.

On Facebook, a friend said: “Rob is awake and making jokes. It seems he had a lucky escape.”

A police spokesman said: “We are continuing to investigate the sequence of events but, at the moment, no one has been arrested.

“We would appeal for anyone who witnessed the collision to contact us on 101.”

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9:40am Mon 3 Feb 14

oftbewildered2 says...

hope he makes a full recovery - and that the snivelling selfish cowards who ran away and left him to his fate are apprehended and dealt with harshly.
hope he makes a full recovery - and that the snivelling selfish cowards who ran away and left him to his fate are apprehended and dealt with harshly. oftbewildered2
  • Score: 35

10:53am Mon 3 Feb 14

Bat E Karen says...

Good luck to him! I'm glad to hear he's doing well.
Good luck to him! I'm glad to hear he's doing well. Bat E Karen
  • Score: 25

11:02am Mon 3 Feb 14

barry g says...

Check with the DVLA who's name the car is registered in. Charge the owner of the car unless who ever it is gives a traceable name. IE not Charles in Somalia.
Check with the DVLA who's name the car is registered in. Charge the owner of the car unless who ever it is gives a traceable name. IE not Charles in Somalia. barry g
  • Score: 12

11:09am Mon 3 Feb 14

chris25 says...

glad rob is on the mend, charge the cowards ,punish them and then deport them.
glad rob is on the mend, charge the cowards ,punish them and then deport them. chris25
  • Score: 30

1:55pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Hollieanne says...

The three will all blame each other so no-one will be charged. Just deport the lot and have done with it. Save ourselves the cost of going to court and collection of any fines/prison.
The three will all blame each other so no-one will be charged. Just deport the lot and have done with it. Save ourselves the cost of going to court and collection of any fines/prison. Hollieanne
  • Score: 19

2:06pm Mon 3 Feb 14

thomas222 says...

Hollieanne wrote:
The three will all blame each other so no-one will be charged. Just deport the lot and have done with it. Save ourselves the cost of going to court and collection of any fines/prison.
Forensics will find that out for sure.
[quote][p][bold]Hollieanne[/bold] wrote: The three will all blame each other so no-one will be charged. Just deport the lot and have done with it. Save ourselves the cost of going to court and collection of any fines/prison.[/p][/quote]Forensics will find that out for sure. thomas222
  • Score: 20

7:03pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Nicola Jayne says...

Wishing you a speedy recovery thoughts are with you and so glad to hear your doing well
Wishing you a speedy recovery thoughts are with you and so glad to hear your doing well Nicola Jayne
  • Score: 7

8:01pm Mon 3 Feb 14

JustBecause says...

thomas222 wrote:
Hollieanne wrote:
The three will all blame each other so no-one will be charged. Just deport the lot and have done with it. Save ourselves the cost of going to court and collection of any fines/prison.
Forensics will find that out for sure.
They can prove who was driving with no problem using DNA off the air bag, but they have to find the other two first.
[quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hollieanne[/bold] wrote: The three will all blame each other so no-one will be charged. Just deport the lot and have done with it. Save ourselves the cost of going to court and collection of any fines/prison.[/p][/quote]Forensics will find that out for sure.[/p][/quote]They can prove who was driving with no problem using DNA off the air bag, but they have to find the other two first. JustBecause
  • Score: -8

9:58pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Janbur says...

Thank goodness he is on the mend I know it will take a long time but at least hes alive.Probally the other driver will get away with drink driving but he shouldn't get away with dangerous driving,
Thank goodness he is on the mend I know it will take a long time but at least hes alive.Probally the other driver will get away with drink driving but he shouldn't get away with dangerous driving, Janbur
  • Score: 4

10:28pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Dusty87 says...

Glad to hear he's on the mend. Regardless of what race or nationality the people are that did it lets just hope they get what they deserve.
Glad to hear he's on the mend. Regardless of what race or nationality the people are that did it lets just hope they get what they deserve. Dusty87
  • Score: 4

10:43pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Comment777 says...

Ahmed7810 wrote:
Janbur how does that make me racist. Maybe if you get your facts straight and not make a prat of yourself. Let's just think of this guy that's been run over and wish him a good recovery and hope these idiots who got arrested get long sentences.
He was not run over, please learn to read English and comprehend what all the long words mean when put together in what we call sentences...the level of educational standard in England and Bolton in particular astounds me...
[quote][p][bold]Ahmed7810[/bold] wrote: Janbur how does that make me racist. Maybe if you get your facts straight and not make a prat of yourself. Let's just think of this guy that's been run over and wish him a good recovery and hope these idiots who got arrested get long sentences.[/p][/quote]He was not run over, please learn to read English and comprehend what all the long words mean when put together in what we call sentences...the level of educational standard in England and Bolton in particular astounds me... Comment777
  • Score: 5

10:51pm Mon 3 Feb 14

manx2014 says...

Thank you for all your kind wishes it's much appreciated, along with the anger I'm feeling that too.. few facts.. the driver was somalian, Disqualified from driving, way over drink driving limit, is currently bailed pending forensic inquiries due to denying driving, the car was a hire car .. robert is now on the mend after 4 hours surgery on his legs with 10 -14 weeks physio from a wheelchair. I am currently working towards getting a tv appeal as I'm aware that not everyone reads the papers and there is still the question of the identity of white car and other possible witnesses, forensics are currently covering cctv footage . So if anyone has any information please call 101 . Thankyou again from all the family for your support. Jane ( robs sister)
Thank you for all your kind wishes it's much appreciated, along with the anger I'm feeling that too.. few facts.. the driver was somalian, Disqualified from driving, way over drink driving limit, is currently bailed pending forensic inquiries due to denying driving, the car was a hire car .. robert is now on the mend after 4 hours surgery on his legs with 10 -14 weeks physio from a wheelchair. I am currently working towards getting a tv appeal as I'm aware that not everyone reads the papers and there is still the question of the identity of white car and other possible witnesses, forensics are currently covering cctv footage . So if anyone has any information please call 101 . Thankyou again from all the family for your support. Jane ( robs sister) manx2014
  • Score: 16

11:03pm Mon 3 Feb 14

united99 says...

YES WISH HIM WELL AND HOPE HE MAKES A SPEEDY RECOVERY - THIS ACCIDENT RESEMBLES THE ONE LAST YEAR ON DERBY STREET WITH THE SPEEDING CARS AND INNOCENT BYSTANDERS WERE HIT AND VERY LUCKY TO STILL BE ALIVE, IN THE INVESTIGATION THAT FOLLOWED THE POLICE HAD A 113 CCTV IMAGES OF THE SPEEDING CARS FROM WHEN THEY STARTED INCLUDING THE ACCIDENT.....BELIEVE YOU ME THE POLICE WILL DO EVERY THING IN THERE POWERS TO CATCH THE CULPRIT WHO WAS DRIVING REGARDLESS OF THE EXCUSES HE IS COMING OUT WITH AND PUT HIM IN PRISON JUST LIKE THEY DID WITH THE OTHER 3 DRIVERS BACK THEN - I HAVE EVERY CONFIDENCE IN THE POLICE.
YES WISH HIM WELL AND HOPE HE MAKES A SPEEDY RECOVERY - THIS ACCIDENT RESEMBLES THE ONE LAST YEAR ON DERBY STREET WITH THE SPEEDING CARS AND INNOCENT BYSTANDERS WERE HIT AND VERY LUCKY TO STILL BE ALIVE, IN THE INVESTIGATION THAT FOLLOWED THE POLICE HAD A 113 CCTV IMAGES OF THE SPEEDING CARS FROM WHEN THEY STARTED INCLUDING THE ACCIDENT.....BELIEVE YOU ME THE POLICE WILL DO EVERY THING IN THERE POWERS TO CATCH THE CULPRIT WHO WAS DRIVING REGARDLESS OF THE EXCUSES HE IS COMING OUT WITH AND PUT HIM IN PRISON JUST LIKE THEY DID WITH THE OTHER 3 DRIVERS BACK THEN - I HAVE EVERY CONFIDENCE IN THE POLICE. united99
  • Score: 9

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