A PEDESTRIAN hit from behind and thrown into a garden by a car being chased by police has told his horrific injuries.
Utilities surveyor Thomas Carey, 27, was crossing the road when he was hit – the driver has now been jailed and banned from driving.
Thomas, Rochester, was left with severe knee problems, a dislocated shoulder and a broken nose when he was struck from behind by the Volvo S60 while working in Bevois Hill, Southampton, on March 27. Police were chasing the car.
Thomas, who plays ice hockey, said: 'I crossed the road after checking there was no traffic and just as I was reaching the pavement I heard tyres screeching. I was then hit by a car from behind and thrown into a nearby garden.
'I was in absolute agony and couldn’t believe the extent of my injuries when I got to hospital.
My right kneecap was broken, while there was significant damage to the ligaments.
‘It was awful and for the first few days I was bedbound and needed help with everything including going to the toilet – it was embarrassing.'
He added: 'I have become a bit more independent but still struggle to leave the house without help.
‘There’s also been a psychological impact too, as I am now anxious around traffic and have had panic attacks about it. There have even been nightmares and I’m still yet to get back to work.’
Thomas instructed Irwin Mitchell solicitors to help him access specialist care.
Emma Ferguson, expert serious injury lawyer, said after the hearing: ‘Thomas has faced an incredibly difficult few months, with the extent of the injuries he sustained in this crash having a long-term impact on his life.’
The driver was convicted of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.