Man left for dead in hit-and-run recovering slowly, says wife

Published: Wednesday 27th January 2016 by The News Editor

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A father who was left for dead by a speeding hit-and-run driver in a suspected stolen car is slowly on the mend, his wife said.

Andy Payne, 53, is recovering after being flung into the air by a Fiat 500 which smashed into him as he crossed a road.

Shocking footage of the hit-and-run in Montague Place in the Kemptown area of Brighton has been viewed more than a million times.

At the family home in Hove, East Sussex, Mr Payne’s wife Lisa spoke briefly and said: “He’s getting better slowly. He’s not too bad.”

She declined to comment further as police question two people arrested on Tuesday night over the crash which happened at 3.40pm on January 14.

A 31-year-old man from Brighton was detained after trying to hide on a roof in Donald Hall Road. He was held on suspicion of dangerous driving causing serious injury, attempting to pervert the course of justice and aggravated vehicle taking.

A 56-year-old woman, also from Brighton, was arrested on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice. Both are in custody.

In the footage, a witness can be seen holding their hand to their mouth in shock at the impact.

Mr Payne is seen sprawled motionless in the middle of the road as passers-by stand around in disbelief.

Officers are appealing for witnesses, and anyone with information is asked to call Sussex Police on 101, quoting Operation Northdown.

Published: Wednesday 27th January 2016 by The News Editor

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