A MOTHER-OF-TWO is fighting for her life after being knocked down and left for dead by a hit-and-run driver on a residential road.
A car was seen speeding along Forest Drive, in Colburn, near Catterick Garrison, moments before Rosina Seabright was hit by a vehicle and left by the side the road at 10.10pm on Saturday.
It is believed Ms Seabright’s injuries included fractures to her ribs, pelvis and jaw.
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A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said the 39-year-old remained in a critical condition at the James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough last night.
Ms Seabright’s sister, Debbie, said she was too upset to talk about the incident while devastated neighbours, who reported hearing car engines revving before the collision, said they were praying she would make a full and speedy recovery.
A shop worker who was returning home, said she spotted two Wellington boots in the road opposite Cherry Tree Way before seeing Ms Seabright, who has two daughters, lying by a parking bay with her coat torn and scarcely breathing.
She said: “I was walking along the pavement and this car shot past me at something like 50 or 60mph. Moments later I heard a loud bang, but I didn’t put two and two together at that stage.
“When I found her and saw what a terrible condition she was in I felt sick, I started shaking. I have never been as shocked in my life.
“While I can understand that a driver may panic, I can’t understand why someone would drive off and not come back.”
The worker said after finding Ms Seabright another car arrived at the scene and swerved to avoid the injured woman before carrying on.
She then flagged down a taxi driven by former North Yorkshire policeman Dave Little and the pair alerted emergency services and attempted to comfort Ms Seabright before paramedics arrived.
Mr Little, 51, said although Ms Seabright was wearing dark clothes, on what was a dark and rainy night, the street was lit and drivers should have been able to see her.
He said: “I have been to fatal accidents before, but I wasn’t prepared for what I saw. She was in considerable pain and semi-conscious, so we counted her breaths until the paramedics arrived.”
Mr Little said as they waited for an ambulance to arrive, two cars drove up to the scene, before one, a green Vauxhall Corsa, left at high speed.
He said: “Hitting someone like this is not something you might not have realised you have done.”
Police urged the driver of the car which hit the woman to contact them and for anyone with information to call 101.
Sergeant Richard Parsons said: "The vital witnesses I need to speak to are the drivers or passengers of the car which swerved following the collision and a purple car seen nearby after the incident.
"I am also asking any witnesses who were in the area, in particular drivers who were using Forest Drive or Fifth Avenue between 10pm and 10.15pm, to contact the police straight away."