Page last updated at 11:59 GMT, Tuesday, 12 May 2009 12:59 UK

Grandmother hurt in hit-and-run

Doreen Fletcher
Doreen Fletcher was crossing Prestonfield Avenue when she was hit

A grandmother-of-five has fractured her shoulders and knee in a hit-and-run incident in Edinburgh.

Doreen Fletcher, 64, was crossing Prestonfield Avenue on Monday at 1930 BST when she was struck by a dark green Peugeot 106 or 306 driven by a man.

She was returning from buying a pint of milk when she was knocked down. She was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

Police said they know the car had a female passenger with children in the back. They have appealed for witnesses.

It is unbelievable that someone could do that and just drive off without a care in the world
John Fletcher
Victim's husband

Her husband John Fletcher, 66, is currently house-bound and was left helpless as news of his wife's accident filtered through.

He said: "Luckily, there were two men walking past that saw everything and stopped to help, I'm ever so grateful to them.

"But what I can't understand is that they said there was a woman in the front and two kids in the back of the car.

"It is unbelievable that someone could do that and just drive off without a care in the world.

"How was he to know that she had survived? I just find that just despicable, especially as he had two kids with him."

A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said: "We know that the vehicle was being driven by a male, with a female in the front passenger seat and children in the back.

"We also know that the car sustained damage to the front headlights.

"We want anyone witnessed the incident, or who recognises the description of the vehicle and can provide us with information as to the identity of the driver, to get in touch."



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