Southsea man remains in coma after accident involving Pompey star

POLICE APPEAL The scene of crash in Waverley Road, Southsea.  'Picture: Allan Hutchings (123576-620)
POLICE APPEAL The scene of crash in Waverley Road, Southsea. 'Picture: Allan Hutchings (123576-620)

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DETECTIVES probing a crash which left a man in a coma after being hit by a car driven by Pompey player Scott Allan today renewed their appeal for witnesses.

As reported, Allan, 20, was behind the wheel of his Audi Q7 when it hit the pedestrian, 53, in Waverley Road, Southsea.

Police say no arrests have been made in connection with the crash, which left the man hurt in a medically-induced coma after being transferred from Queen Alexandra hospital, Cosham, to the neurological unit at Southampton General Hospital.

But Allan faces fresh questioning from police trying to piece together what happened in the smash .

It is understood that Allan was reversing out of a driveway when the man was hit and fell, hitting his head, at about 8.50pm on Friday.

He is now said to be in a ‘stable’ condition.

A Hampshire police spokeswoman said: ‘The incident happened at 8.50pm on Friday, November 2 and involved an Audi Q7 4x4 driven by a 20-year-old man from Glasgow and a pedestrian, a 53-year-old Southsea man.

‘The pedestrian was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham before being transferred to Southampton General Hospital where he remains today in a critical condition.

‘The driver of the Audi was uninjured in the collision.

‘The road was closed for two hours while collision investigators examined the scene.

‘Police are now appealing for anyone who may have seen the collision or either party shortly prior to it, to contact Fratton Roads Policing Unit .’

Mr Allan was questioned at the scene by police officers but was not arrested.

The police refused to confirm the identity of the driver as Mr Allan.

But they revealed they would question the driver again as their investigation progresses.

Sergeant Wayne Voller, from Fratton Roads Policing Unit, said: ‘This was a horrific incident where a man has suffered very serious injuries.

‘We are investigating the matter with an open mind and I would appreciate anyone who saw anything to contact me.’

Resident Mandi Robertson, 36, said she was shocked to come home and see so many emergency service vehicles in the road.

‘It seemed like there were ambulances and police cars everywhere,’ she said.

‘It was a big surprise – I saw them putting someone into the back of an ambulance.

‘He looked pretty badly hurt at the time.

‘But I was shocked when I heard he was in a coma.

‘I hope he pulls through.’

Kristia Zalisnova, 29, also from Waverley Road, said: ‘I looked out of my window and saw people huddled around someone lying in the road.

‘I saw police talking to someone as well, he looked very upset.’

Mr Allan is on his second loan stint to Pompey from West Brom and was sent off on Saturday in their FA Cup first-round match against Notts County.

He was uninjured in the accident.

Police said they have already spoken to witnesses but are urging more to come forward.

Call Sgt Voller on 0845 045 45 45 quoting Operation Finch.

Information can be given anonymously by calling the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.