RESIDENTS have expressed their disgust after learning of a serious crash in Havant that resulted in a pedestrian being hit by a man who was arrested on suspicion of drink and drug-driving.
Police arrested a 20-year-old following the incident on Elmleigh Road before releasing him under investigation following the crash - close to the police station and justice centre - on Tuesday around 6.30pm.
An air ambulance landed in Havant Park after the collision before the 60-year-old pedestrian was flown to University Hospital Southampton with a serious head injury.
Locals who regularly use the road have reacted to the incident. Sarah Rose, 26, said: ‘It’s really bad to hear that.
‘That kind of thing is not a big worry for me but for elderly people it probably is as they can’t get out the way as quickly if a car comes off the road.’
Kirsty Fitzjohn, 21, said: ‘It is a bit of a worry especially when you have a small baby.’
A resident, who lives on the road but wished to remain anonymous, added: ‘I heard there was someone injured - I hope they are ok. It was bedlam around here for hours with traffic chock-a-block. The diversion was totally ineffective.
A spokeswoman for Hampshire Constabulary said: ‘We were called to a collision on Elmleigh Road following a collision involving a Vauxhall Corsa and a pedestrian at 6.30pm on Tuesday.
‘The 60-year-old male pedestrian suffered serious injuries and was taken to hospital where he remains.
‘The driver, a 20-year-old man, was uninjured. He was arrested on suspicion of driving when alcohol level above limit and driving a vehicle whilst unfit through drugs.
‘He has been released and remains under investigation. Investigations are ongoing.’
A spokesman for South Central Ambulance Service added: ‘We sent a rapid response vehicle, an ambulance, an ambulance officer and the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance to the scene.
‘The pedestrian was a 60-year-old male who had sustained a serious head injury. After treatment and stabilisation at the scene, he was then flown to the major trauma unit at University Hospital Southampton.’
Anyone who witnessed the crash should call police on 101, quoting 44180317326, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.