Relatives Appeal For Information Over Collision In Which Pedestrian Suffered Head Injury and Fractured Knee
The family of a pedestrian seriously injured in a collision with a van have thanked emergency services for their response to the incident.
Ken Barnes suffered a head injury and fractured knee in a collision with a white van in Rayleigh Road, Hutton.
The 68-year-old, who suffered a previous unconnected brain injury many years ago, was airlifted to the Royal London Hospital following the crash which happened at about 8am on Thursday, 7 May.
Following surgery he remained in the Royal London for before being transferred to Basildon Hospital. Ken is now currently in a care home.
Ken’s family, who were unable to see him for five weeks because of coronavirus lockdown restrictions, have instructed specialist serious injury lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to help him access the specialist rehabilitation he requires to be able to return home.
As well as thanking those who have helped Ken following the crash, the family are now appealing for witnesses or those with dash or helmet cam footage of the collision or its aftermath to come forward.
Police said the driver involved in the collision had no case to answer.
Expert Opinion“The last few weeks have been incredibly difficult for Ken and his family. Ken suffered serious injuries in the collision which are likely to have a long-term impact on his life.
“While the emergency services and hospital staff have done a fantastic job in helping Ken he still faces many challenges ahead to regain more of his independence.
“Therefore we are appealing for anyone who may have more information or footage of the collision, the moments leading up to it or its aftermath, to get in touch. Any detail could be key in helping us secure the ongoing rehabilitation and support Ken requires to overcome the injuries he suffered in this collision the best he can.” Peter Lorence - Associate Solicitor
After leaving school Ken worked as a butcher up until 1991 when he suffered a serious brain injury. When bending down to pick up a ball a stick went into his eye.
His injuries meant he had to relearn many basic skills and was unable to work again.
His family believe Ken, who has two sisters Sandy, 73, and Brenda, 70, and a brother, Chas, 63, was out on his morning walk when the collision happened.
Lisa Kidd, 44, Ken’s niece and Sandy’s daughter, said: “I found out that Uncle Ken had been involved in a crash with a van when my Mum called me in tears. Because of his previous accident Mum thought he was going to die.
“As soon as he got to hospital I believe that the doctors took him straight in for tests and scans. We can’t thank enough those who attended the scene and the doctors in hospital for how quickly they treated my Uncle. We think it made a massive difference.”
Sandy added: “Despite what happened to him previously Ken showed great determination to regain some of his independence. He had to relearn basic life skills such as reading, walking and maths.
“Although he couldn’t work he wasn’t bitter about what happened and never dwelled on how his life changed. He joined stroke support groups and groups for the elderly, He’d volunteer where he could and would always do things such as go shopping for those who couldn’t.
“The last couple of months have been incredibly stressful. The care Ken has received has been fantastic but we all want him home. Ken has overcome major challenges before and we hope he can again; however, he needs ongoing care and support to do so.
“We would be so grateful if anyone had any information which will allow Ken to receive that help.”
Anyone with information should contact Peter Lorence at Irwin Mitchell on 0207 421 3867 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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