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CCTV issued after woman paralysed in fail to stop collision, SE27

News   •   Nov 29, 2016 06:00 GMT

[Chanelle Higgins]

Police investigating a fail to stop collision in West Norwood which injured two women, leaving one paralysed, are issuing CCTV in their continued appeals for witnesses and information.

The victim who was paralyzed as a result of the collision has also spoken for the first time about the effect it has had on her life.

The incident happened shortly before 04:40hrs on Sunday, 29 May when a dark grey BMW 3 series collided with the two women after it drove along the pavement on Norwood High Street, SE27, near Scandals Night Club.

Following the collision, the car did not stop at the scene and continued to drive along the pavement for some distance before rejoining the road.

Officers and London Ambulance Service attended the scene of the collision and found two women, both aged 29 at the time of the collision, suffering injuries. Both were taken to hospital for treatment.

Chanelle Higgins, now 30, spent five months in hospital and has been paralysed from the waist down - she is now confined to a wheelchair with only limited use of her upper body. Her friend was also treated in hospital but was discharged following treatment for a minor injury.

Chanelle said: "This incident has had a massive impact upon my life. I'm now in a wheelchair. I can't move my legs and I only have limited usage of my hands. I have spent five whole months lying in a hospital bed, missing my children and wondering what type of future I will be able to have. As a single mother, I was devastated to miss my son's birthday.

"That night has changed me in just about every way. I'm not the person that I used to be and I'm just so unhappy. I used to be active, fit and bubbly. And so independent, I didn't have to rely on anyone. Now I need care 24 hours a day and due to my disability, I can't look after my children by myself and they have to stay with my family.

"This is what hurts the most. It has been so painful being away from them yet they are the only thing that keeps me going now.

"I spend hours and hours thinking about who did this to me. What type of person could run someone over and leave them for dead? What kind of evil person could do that? I just can't believe that the person is just living their life while I'm going through hell. It's just not right."

The car was subsequently located on 16 June parked in a residential street in South London.

Officers are releasing the CCTV of the collision as they continue to appeal for witnesses and for information regarding the driver of the car that night.

Police Constable Laura Travers, who is leading the investigation for Lambeth CID, said:

"This was a shocking incident. These two women were simply on a night out to see friends and now their lives have changed completely.

"From looking at the CCTV footage, there are clearly many people in the street who would have witnessed this incident and could provide vital information about what happened.

"I would urge anyone who can assist to have the confidence to come forward and speak to police."

Anyone with information is asked to call PC Travers on 020 8649 2135. To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.

On 16 June a 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. He was released on bail to return on a date in December pending further enquiries.