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Passenger of taxi seriously injured in hit-and-run crash

Posted in: Car Accidents Head and Brain Injuries Public Transport Road Traffic Accidents Whiplash Injuries 

A teenage boy has suffered serious injuries after the taxi he was travelling in was involved in a hit-and-run crash on Christmas Day. The accident happened at the junction of Church Road and Sackville Road in Hove at 23:00 GMT on Christmas Day. Both victims were immediately taken to a nearby hospital by ambulance.

The 16-year-old boy had been a front-seat passenger in the taxi, a blue Skoda, which was travelling east to west along Church Road when a silver Vauxhall Insignia collided with its nearside. The taxi spun out of control and mounted the pavement. 

Fear that the boy could be blinded

Police heard that the driver of the silver Vauxhall initially got out of the car to look at the taxi, but quickly got back into the car and drove off. The teenage boy and driver were rushed to Brighton’s Royal Sussex County Hospital following the accident: the boy suffered eye and head injuries and the driver had sustained serious whiplash injuries. Fragments of glass got into the teenager’s right eye in the collision, with fears that this could blind him. Both victims were from Southwick.

Officers investigating the accident are keen for any witnesses to come forward, especially those who have seen a badly damaged silver Vauxhall Insignia in the Hove area.

One police spokesman said: “The boy’s injuries are possibly life-changing. There are concerns he’s been blinded.

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