Police appeal after ‘hit and run’ leaves man with major leg injury

Hatzola was at the scene of the crime

Hatzola was at the scene of the crime - Credit: Archant

A motorcyclist might not walk for at least a year after suffering a major leg injury, in what police are treating as a hit and run accident.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses to come forward after the incident which left Safraz Abhram, 29, with a leg broken in two places.

He was riding along Clapton Common with his 11-year-old son Raihan on the back of his bike on November 9, when a car is believed to have hit them from behind at the junction with Filey Avenue at around 7.20pm.

Police said the driver of the silver Ford Mondeo, which had a mini-cab badge, drove off without leaving his details.

Mr Abhram, an accounts administrator, spent five days in hospital and had two operations after the first one was unsuccessful.

Doctors have told him it will take at least 12 months for him to make a full recovery.

Luckily his son escaped the ordeal with cuts and bruises.

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Mr Abhram’s brother Sohel said: “Leaving a child lying underneath a bike is not right, it’s just heartbreaking really that he sped off, at least lift off the bike, it’s sickening really.

“He would have realised he hit the side of the bike, there was a lot of damage, there would have been a loud bang but as to why he just drove off, I don’t know.

“I felt terrible when I heard it happened, my mum collapsed, we didn’t expect to see what we saw when we got there, police had blocked the road and there were lots of paramedics there, they couldn’t move him because he was in extreme pain.

“My brother has not been to work since and he’s got a family to support.”

Mr Abram expressed his gratitude to volunteers from the Jewish ambulance service Hatzola, who rushed his brother to hospital.

“We can’t thank them enough, they took my brother to hospital and were there to the very end until the doctors took the x-ray.

“It amazes me because of all these wars going on between Muslims and Jews, it makes you think about how wonderful it would be if we could all work together, it doesn’t matter what race culture or belief you are, it was so beautiful.”

Anyone with information is asked to phone police on 101.