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Brave Joshua Smith, 10, recovers after being struck by hit and run driver in Holsworthy

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: February 01, 2013

  • PAIN: Joshua Smith is recovering at home after his accident. Picture: Ian Snell. To order this photograph call 0844 4060 269 and quote Ref: 5A-012_C

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A SCHOOLBOY injured in an accident in Holsworthy is waking up with terrifying nightmares.

Clawton Primary School pupil Joshua Smith, 10, was left with a fractured ankle after a vehicle collided with him on a Holsworthy street.

The driver didn't stop, leaving Joshua in agony with an open fracture on his ankle.

He was taken to Derriford hospital in Plymouth where he had two operations.

He also had an external fixator device clamped to his leg with screws drilled through the bone to stabilise the injury.

Joshua is recovering back at home near Launceston with his mum Rachel, dad Wayne and sister Lucy.

Joshua, who is a keen football fan and supports Barcelona, said: "I have a few dreams, it scares me."

He said: "Mum and Lucy came and sat by me. Lucy was a bit hysterical. I was grabbing my knee. Every time I moved my leg it really hurt. I remember feeling lots of pain and I started crying."

Rachel said she tried to soothe and calm her son down as best she could before the ambulance crew arrived.

Rachel said: "I asked Joshua and Lucy to take some letters to the post office.

"Next thing I knew Lucy came running back to say Joshua had been run over. All I could think about was whether he was conscious and what state he was in. I thought the worst.

"I could hear him screaming. He asked if it was all a dream. I told him it would all be ok. I calmed him down as best I could. I felt helpless, it was so cold outside. He was shaking, it was awful.

"The wound was not nice. It was as if someone had taken a handful of mincemeat and slapped it on the back of his leg. His sock soaked up a lot of blood."

Sergeant Keith Parkinson of Exeter's serious collisions unit said a driver of a silver Vauxhall Astra had been interviewed.

He said: "The vehicle involved has been located and the driver of the car at that time has been interviewed."

Joshua's dad, Wayne said: "Out of the situation, a broken ankle is the best circumstance. It could have been a lot worse. He could have lost his foot. He was lucky."

Joshua said his 12-year-old sister has been supportive.

He said: "Breaking my leg has changed my life. I can't wash myself, I can't walk around and I need help getting dressed.

"I think my sister did very well. If she didn't alert mum so fast things might have been very different.

"I think breaking my leg has brought my dad and I closer together. He is my new best friend."

Rachel said she is grateful to the strangers who stopped in the street to help.

She said: "Thanks to everyone who helped, including the emergency services and staff in the hospital. They were all brilliant."

Joshua is due to return to hospital to have an X-ray in February.

Anyone with information can contact the police on 101 quoting log number 543 170113.

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