Hayling pensioners accident: Mayor tells of shock

Church Road on Hayling Island where two churchgoers were badly injured after being hit by a car.  Picture: Jeff Travis
Church Road on Hayling Island where two churchgoers were badly injured after being hit by a car. Picture: Jeff Travis
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THE Mayor of Havant has spoken of the community’s shock after two elderly women who were badly hurt when they were hit by a car as they walked to a carol service.

Councillor Leah Turner, who lives on Hayling Island and represents the east of the island, was horrified by the news that two pensioners were hit on their way to a carol service.

Hampshire Police have today confirmed that the 81-year-old and 85-year-old, both from Hayling, remain in a serious condition in hospital.

The 81-year-old was taken by ambulance to Queen Alexandra Hospital at Cosham and is being treated for broken bones and a laceration to her head.

The 85-year-old was taken to Southampton General Hospital and is being treated for broken bones and an ‘unknown head injury’, said police.

The pair were hit as they crossed Church Road, on Hayling Island, just outside the gates to St Mary’s Church.

They were struck by a Red Suzuki hatchback car that was travelling north at the time.

The 56-year-old Hayling man driving the car was not hurt.

No arrests have been made by the police.

Police cordoned off the road following the accident, which happened at about 6.25pm on Sunday.

Cllr Turner was on her way back from a carol service at St Faith’s Church in Havant when she was saw the road blocked off.

She said: ‘It’s desperately sad - sad for the two ladies and the driver of the car.

‘It’s so much worse around Christmas time.

‘I am thinking of them and their families.’

Police are still appealing for witnesses.

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting reference number 44150446608.