Police continue to seek witnesses after elderly women are hit by car on way to church carol service

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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Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses after two women aged 85 and 81 were hit by a car as they walked to a carol service at Hayling.

They were taken to hospital with serious injuries after the accident, which happened 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.

One of the women’s husbands and a group of friends were following behind and were in a state of shock after witnessing the crash.

Nick Bailey, 43, lives on Church Road and his wife went out to help.

He said: ‘It was a couple of old ladies trying to cross the road. The first I knew was a couple of people knocking on the door asking for blankets saying there had been an accident in the road.

‘My wife went out to try and help. The husband came in with one of the ladies and some friends. They were in shock. They were 30 seconds behind.’

He added: ‘I’m surprised they are still alive to be honest.’

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.

Both women are from Hayling Island.

A police spokesman said the injuries were ‘serious and life-changing’.

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

He was interviewed at the scene, and police said no arrests were made.

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

Police are still appealing for witnesses.

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