Soldier injured in hit-and-run crash

INJURED: Soldier Ben Bennett who is currently recovering from a car crash which saw the other motorist leave the scene. Photo contributed.

INJURED: Soldier Ben Bennett who is currently recovering from a car crash which saw the other motorist leave the scene. Photo contributed.

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A serving soldier has been injured in a crash which saw the other motorist flee the scene.

Ben Bennett, 21, a Lance Corporal with the Merican Regiment, was left with the a gashed head, whiplash and a back injury following the collision on Eccles Pike.

He was driving home to the family farm, situated off Eccles Road, when the accident happened at about 8.30pm on May 6. The collision caused so much damage to his car that it has been written off by insurers.

“I was just driving up when I saw the car coming speeding towards me going fast,” said Ben.

“I pulled in to the side to let it past but he didn’t attempt to slow down enough to get past and smashed into the front of my car.

“He reversed out of it and sped off down the hill towards Chapel.”

Now an appeal is being made for anyone with information about the accident, on the narrow lane between Whaley Bridge and Chapel-en-le-Frith, to contact the police who are carrying out an investigation in a bid to trace the driver.

The other vehicle, which also sustained serious damage, is described as a charcoal grey hatchback vehicle. It possibly had a registration starting with SW02 or 03.

The driver is described as being in his mid 20s and also had a passenger in the front of the car.

Ben and his family believe the driver must be local to be using that particular road.

“The police who turned up went and looked said he made no attempt to slow down as there were no skid marks or anything,” said Ben.

Inquiries are ongoing with local garages alerted to keep an eye out for a damaged vehicle.

The accident has had serious consequences for Ben who is signed off while he recovers from his injuries.

He is missing an extensive training exercise being undertaken in preparation for a second deployment to Afghanistan later this year. He is also set to miss a course that would have seen him promoted to Corporal.

His mum Vicki Lomas said: “It is just not fair.”

Ben, who was taken to hospital following the accident, remains under the care of medical staff at Catterick where he is based.

lAnyone with information about the driver or who has seen a damaged grey hatchback is asked to contact Derbyshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.