Crash victim will have to learn to walk again after being hit by van

0000-274  RTC VAN (PM + picture)  10/6/2012 ''(left to right) daughter Emma Edwards (35) with her mother who was injured - Maureen Edwards (68) in Queen Alexandra Hospital, and her husband Jeffrey Edwards (66)''Picture: Priya Mistry (0000-274)
0000-274 RTC VAN (PM + picture) 10/6/2012 ''(left to right) daughter Emma Edwards (35) with her mother who was injured - Maureen Edwards (68) in Queen Alexandra Hospital, and her husband Jeffrey Edwards (66)''Picture: Priya Mistry (0000-274)
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LYING in a hospital bed, Maureen Edwards has spoken of her anger after she was hit by a van.

Mrs Edwards, 68, went under the wheels of a Ford Transit van and as a result broke her left ankle and her right hip.

As previously reported in The News, Mrs Edwards had been crossing Fawcett Road, in Southsea, on Bank Holiday Tuesday, when the accident happened.

She will also need skin grafts on both her legs and is expected to be in Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, for the next seven weeks.

After that she will need physiotherapy to help her walk again.

Mrs Edwards, of Darlington Road, Southsea, said: ‘I left my daughter’s in Jessie Road and usually go another way home.

‘But because it had been raining I decided to cross at Fawcett Road.’

Mrs Edwards was walking towards the Fawcett Inn pub when she said she saw the van from the corner of her eye.

‘I was more or less over on the other side of the road when I saw the van coming towards me on the right,’ she said.

‘I went straight down and was spun around.

‘I started yelling and was so angry.

‘It seemed like I was there for a long time while the emergency services freed me.’

Mrs Edwards uses a walking frame to help her walk as she has a form of arthritis.

‘The frame took some of the pressure off me,’ added Mrs Edwards.

‘It took some of the damage as it’s quite a sturdy thing.’

Two fire crews from Southsea worked for half an hour to free Mrs Edwards using hydraulic equipment to lift the van.

‘It’s not a very nice junction and I don’t think the driver even saw me – I’m still angry about the whole thing.’

Her husband Jeffrey Edwards says he’s lucky to still have his wife.

The 66-year-old retired Ministry of Defence worker said: ‘I heard a loud bang on the door and thought it was a parcel man.

‘But instead it was someone from the pub telling me someone had been in an accident and the person had been calling out this address.

‘I ran outside and thought it can’t be my wife, but then I saw her there and went by her side.’

The couple have lived in Darlington Road for 34 years and Mr Edwards says the roundabout is a danger spot.

‘When they first put that roundabout in it was supposed to be filled with dirt and have a tree,’ he said.

‘But instead they just went for a cheaper option.

‘It was only a matter of time before someone was hurt there because you see some drivers fly over it and not bother indicating. I’m going to be raising this issue with the council.’

The van driver was not arrested but police want to hear from witnesses. Call PC Phil Hunt at Fratton Roads Policing Unit on 101.