THE family of a woman hit by a van has thanked pub-goers who came to her aid.
The 68-year-old was trapped under the wheels of a Ford Transit for more than half an hour and, after being rushed to hospital, she was initially believed to have two broken legs.
She was found to instead have serious injuries to her legs which required a hip replacement.
The accident took place at just before 1pm on Sunday as she crossed Fawcett Road, Southsea, using a walking frame.
Now her son Steve Edwards, 39, said: ‘Thank you to all the people in the Fawcett Inn that were in the area and thanks to all the paramedics.
‘One young lady in particular stopped her going to sleep as she was drifting away.’
The woman’s daughter Emma Edwards, from Southsea, also posted on Facebook: ‘I’d like to say a very big thank you to all those people who came out of the pub yesterday to help my mum.
‘If it wasn’t for the quick thinking of those people using their jumpers and holding up a plastic sheet to keep her dry I’m not sure what the outcome would have been.
‘A very special thank you for the lady who stayed with my mum and kept her awake and talking.’
Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact PC Phill Hunt at Fratton Roads Policing Unit or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.