Victim of Beckton hit-and-run appeals for help tracing driver
- Credit: Shahan Ali
A hit-and-run victim is appealing for help to find the driver who left him injured and trapped in his car.
Dad-of-four Shahan Aziz had to be cut out of his Vauxhall Astra by fire crews following the collision on Tollgate Road, Beckton, on Sunday, January 31, and was taken to hospital with severe back pain along his spine, neck and ribs.
The 29-year-old had just dropped off his children when he says a silver Mercedes crashed into the back of him at a set of traffic lights just off the A13 by Prince Regent Lane at 6pm.
“I was in shock,” he said. “I couldn’t feel my neck and my back properly. I was worried I had broken it.”
Mr Aziz, of Talwin Street, Bow, said the driver initially got out of his car and walked over to see him, but ran off after the driver and passenger of the vehicle in front started walking towards his smashed car.
“When he saw me in pain and distress he decided to run away and took off with out leaving any details,” said Mr Aziz, who added he was in his vehicle for half-an-hour before the fire brigade arrived and cut him out of his car.
“I was in distress,” he said. “I was crying and shaking.”
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Although he was discharged from hospital several hours later, Mr Aziz has been since been forced to stay at home while he convalesces under doctor’s orders for six weeks.
He had been due to start a new job in a pizza job the day after the crash but now fears he will lose the role.
His partner Fahmida Aziz, who herself has a disability and had been cared for by Mr Aziz prior to the incident has now had to care for him instead.
“It has made me depressed to be honest,” said Mr Aziz. “I want justice to be done. I want him to be found”.
However, he praised the actions of the emergency services and the two motorists who came to his aid. “The drivers in front were very helpful. If it was not for them, I think I would be in a worse state,” he said.
Police confirmed a collision took place in Tollgate Road, Beckton, at 6pm on January 31 and that one driver fled the scene. Enquiries are ongoing. Anyone with information should contact police on 101.