Help us find hit-run driver, pleads fiancee

The fiancee of a man left with serious injuries following a hit-and-run today made a heartfelt appeal for witnesses to come forward.

Miss Lowe and Mr Hedge
Miss Lowe and Mr Hedge

David Hedge suffered serious head injuries, internal injuries and a fractured shoulder blade after he was dropped off in a taxi outside his home in Field Street in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Moments later, his fiancee Sarah Lowe said she discovered the 27-year-old lying in the road unconscious and he was taken to Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he remains in intensive care.

Mr Hedge, a former St Thomas More Catholic School pupil, had been drinking in Wolverhampton town centre and had been picked up by a taxi between 1.25am and 1.40am on Sunday near to the Royal London Pub. Police said he suffered injuries consistent with being hit and dragged by a vehicle and are appealing for the taxi driver to come forward.

Mr Hedge’s 29-year-old fiancee said he had returned home at about 1.50pm and she had handed him some money at their doorstep to pay the taxi fare.

Miss Lowe said she heard her partner of nine years shout ‘he’s got my phone’ before the vehicle drove away.

“The next thing I saw was Dave passed out cold in the middle of the road,” she said.

“I ran into the road and I tried to pull him out of the way. He wasn’t moving.

“A police car came past and stopped the traffic.

“They put him in the recovery position and called an ambulance.”

She said Mr Hedge, who is training to be a team leader at Cream Financial Solutions in Wolverhampton, was in intensive care and had been showing signs of coming round.

“There was slurred speech. He was disorientated and frustrated,” she said.

“He has had an MRI scan. The only thing we are certain about is that there is no damage to his spine.

“I just assumed they were going to say he had concussion but we don’t know when he will get out.

“It’s turned everything upside down. Your life goes on hold. Everyone is in shock.

“If anyone saw Dave get in the taxi or knows anything, I would urge them to call police. It looked like he had flagged a taxi down in Wolverhampton so we don’t know which taxi company it was that he used.”

Officers are now checking CCTV, both in Wolverhampton city centre and Willenhall. Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.