Late-night Gosport crash leaves two young women in hospital

ACCIDENT SCENE Stoke Road in Gosport where two women were injured in a hit-and-run near the Stoke Snooker Club.    Picture: Paul Jacobs (112374-1)
ACCIDENT SCENE Stoke Road in Gosport where two women were injured in a hit-and-run near the Stoke Snooker Club. Picture: Paul Jacobs (112374-1)
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TWO young women were left seriously injured after a car ploughed into them and drove off.

The women, both in their 20s, had been on a night out in Gosport when the horrific accident happened, at 11.15pm on Saturday, just outside the Stoke Snooker Club, in Stoke Road.

The car hurled them both into the air and one landed on the pavement outside the Saffron Indian restaurant and the other in the middle of the road.

Both were taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham. One is in a critical but stable condition while the other suffered a broken leg.

Dave Randall was working at the snooker club at the time of the crash.

He said: ‘One of the club members came running in asking for an ambulance.

‘I rang one and went straight outside and saw the two girls. I dealt with the girl in the road and I held her head still because she was trying to get back up.

‘She was in shock. It was quite horrific.

‘All I’ve got in my head is the girl’s eyes.

‘She kept staring at me because obviously I was trying to keep her talking.

‘I said to two girls nearby “where’s the car that hit them?” It had obviously driven off.’

A spokeswoman for the police confirmed a burnt-out vehicle had been discovered and is being tested to see if it is linked to the crash.

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving – a 30-year-old woman from Gosport, a 35-year-old man from Gosport and a 21-year-old man from Fife, Scotland.

A statement released by police said: ‘A small dark car was travelling east on Stoke Road towards Spring Garden Lane at the same time as two female pedestrians were crossing the road.

‘The vehicle struck both pedestrians and both suffered serious injuries; one is described at this time as being in a critical but stable condition. The vehicle failed to stop and drove away down Spring Garden Lane.’

Anyone who witnessed the incident should contact Hampshire Roads Policing Unit quoting Operation Souter on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.