Shocking moment that hit-and-run driver mows down 70-year-old pedestrian

Shocking moment that hit-and-run driver mows down 70-year-old pedestrian at more than 30mph and leaves him lying in the road

  • CCTV shows Alan Rafferty crossing a street before a driver smashes into him  
  • Impact so severe former window cleaner left with no memory of the incident
  • His son decided to share the disturbing footage as police try to hunt the driver 

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This is the horrifying moment a hit-and-run driver mowed down a 70-year-old pedestrian and left him lying on the road. 

Shocking CCTV shows Alan Rafferty crossing a street in Smallthorne, Stoke before a driver speeds around the corner at 30mph and smashes into him. 

The impact was so severe Mr Rafferty initially had no memory of the incident when he woke up in hospital covered in bruises and with a broken thumb.  

CCTV shows Alan Rafferty crossing a street in Smallthorne, Stoke, as the car begins to approach from the left 

The hit-and-run happened at around 7.20pm on January 16 when Mr Rafferty, a former window cleaner, was returning home from a local One Stop Shop. 

Due to his lack of memory of what happened, at first he thought he must have fallen after suffering from an ear infection but a few days later remembered about the crash. 

Now his son, Peter Shufflebotham, from Hanley, has decided to share the disturbing footage to help police efforts to catch the driver. 

The lorry driver, 44, said: ‘My dad went to the shop and as he was walking home this car came round the corner at way more than 30mph and hit him. You could see my dad bounce off the kerb. It’d only a two-minute walk from where he lives.

‘At the time my dad had earache and he’s going a little but deaf so he wouldn’t have heard the car.

‘The first he knew was when he woke up in the hospital.

A neighbour had spotted him and called 999.

‘I got a phone call in the morning to say he was in A&E overnight. I took my mum up there to see him. He was very badly bruised and had a fractured thumb.’

Shocking moment that hit-and-run driver mows down 70-year-old pedestrian

The driver sped around the corner at 30mph and smashed into Mr Rafferty and sped straight off 

Shocking moment that hit-and-run driver mows down 70-year-old pedestrian

The hit-and-run happened at around 7.20pm on January 16 when Mr Rafferty, a former window cleaner, was returning home from a local One Stop Shop

Mr Shufflebotham believes the incident could have ended a lot worse and his father ‘could have died’. 

‘After coming out of hospital, he told me that he must have fallen as he couldn’t remember what had happened.

We didn’t think to take any photos as at that stage we just thought he had fallen.

‘But his memory came back to him a few days later and he went to look at the CCTV. It left him feel physically sick. He said he never wanted to watch it again.

‘He’s not been himself since it happened.

His hip is hurting and he keeps getting headaches and is having nightmares. I think he might have damage to his head.’

After watching the CCTV, the incident was reported to the police who have now launched an investigation.

Shocking moment that hit-and-run driver mows down 70-year-old pedestrian

Mr Rafferty was left sprawled on the curb after the crash – and initially had no memory of what happened 

Mr Shufflebotham added: ‘I rang 101 at first but gave up. They said they’d get back to me within two hours but they never did.

‘I rang up again and was told I’d be on hold for an hour and a half so I ended up putting the details on Facebook and sent the footage over.

‘The police are now going to come out to speak to dad and a PCSO has already been.

‘They are going to build a case.

I shared the footage on Facebook and the response was incredible. Everyone says they recognise the car but nobody knows who the driver is.

‘We just can’t understand how someone could hit an elderly man and not stop. We want to catch the person who d id this.

It’s a hit-and-run at the end of the day.

They have to be found.’

MailOnline has contacted Staffordshire Police for comment.  

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