A MUM-OF-ONE told last night how she feared a crash victim would die in her arms after he was hit by a lorry.
Nikki Roberts, 22, rushed to help the 31-year-old victim following the accident in Locksway Road, Milton, yesterday.
She found him lying in the road unconscious after being hit by a DFS Iveco light goods lorry outside the entrance to St James’s psychiatric hospital at about 12.30pm.
Miss Roberts, of nearby Stowe Road, said: ‘I just saw the van come to a complete standstill.
‘I thought it had hit a tree or a kerb.
‘We heard a bang and a man came round, shouting that he needed medical assistance. I ran round. There was a man on the floor in front of the van unconscious.
‘I got on my hands and knees, and put him in the recovery position – I didn’t touch his head.
‘He was gasping, then he completely stopped.
‘I felt his pulse and shouted to the man that he wasn’t breathing.
‘Nurses came running out from St James’s and helped me. They were trying to get a response.
‘He jolted and started gasping. Seconds later the ambulance turned up.
‘I helped to cut his clothes off, then I let them take over and put him on the board.’
The man was taken by ambulance to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham with serious injuries where his condition was last night described by police as ‘critical’.
The driver of the lorry was shaken but unhurt.
Police cordoned off Locksway Road at its junctions with Mayles Road and Morgan Road with blue and white tape until 6pm while accident investigators worked.
Portsmouth City Council contractors Colas also diverted traffic from Locksway Road at its junction with Milton Road.
Miss Roberts added; ‘All that was going through my head was to save him.’
Emma Schuler, 26, of Locksway Road, Milton, also saw the immediate aftermath of the crash.
She said: ‘I felt sick. There was lots of blood.’
A spokesman for Hampshire Constabulary said: ‘The 31-year-old man was in collision with a white Iveco light goods vehicle (LGV) on Locksway Road, Milton.
‘The man suffered serious injuries and was taken to the Queen Alexandra Hospital by ambulance where he remains in a critical condition.
‘The LGV driver was shaken but uninjured.’
Anyone with information is asked to call Sergeant Julian Williams from Fratton Roads Policing Unit on 101 or 0845 0454545 quoting Operation Holbeach.