Mottingham mum's appeal to trace driver after 15-year-old son hit by car and smashes knee

Josh Salama is temporarily in a wheelchair after being hit by a car

Josh Salama with parents Nicky Salama and Joe Salama

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A MOTTINGHAM mum is appealing for witnesses after a car hit her 15-year-old son and left him temporarily wheelchair-bound with a smashed knee.

Nicky Salama says her son Josh fell through the front door screaming with a gash in his knee, which went to the bone, after the crash in Mottingham Lane on January 6 at around 7pm.

This Is Local London: Josh Salama with parents Nicky Salama and Joe Salama

The 49-year-old mother-of-two is urging the driver of the car, who stopped and apologised but left without exchanging details in the trauma of the moment, to get in contact.

She says Josh thought the car had stopped to let him cross on the wet evening and the Year 10 pupil at University Technical College, Greenwich, had to leap back to stop himself going over the bonnet.

Mrs Salama said: "The car hit him across the knees.

"He was screaming, he was banging on the front door.

"He made it, I don’t know how, to the front door and fell through it.

"There was a hole in his trousers, you could see his kneecap - it had all been slit open.

"I just sort of calmed him. I stroked his head. It was so deep, right down to the bone."

The primary school learning support assistant says she is not blaming anyone but she would like to speak to the driver and other witnesses to the accident.

She said: "The man did stop and came to the door. He said: ‘I am really sorry, I didn’t see him'.

"I said: ‘Do you need to come and get a drink?’ He did look very white. And then he left.

"I was dealing with Josh, I wasn’t going to chase him down the road, but I kind of thought he looked like the sort of person to see what the result was, but he hasn’t.

"It isn’t about who is to blame, but it is that thing of somebody taking a bit of responsibility."

Sporty Josh, who is currently studying for his GCSEs, now faces being in a wheelchair and cast for up to 2 months while his broken left knee and injured right heel mend.

The driver is described as a man in his 50s who was wearing a suit and driving a black Audi. Anyone with information can email strotter@london.newsquest.co.uk

A Greenwich Police spokeswoman urged the driver to call police on 101 or report it to the closest police station if he has not done so already.

Comments (5)

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10:22am Wed 15 Jan 14

josh browser says...

get well soon josh
get well soon josh josh browser
  • Score: 18

12:23pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Tinklebell says...

probably his own fault for not using crossings or pedestrian lights
probably his own fault for not using crossings or pedestrian lights Tinklebell
  • Score: -40

2:48pm Wed 15 Jan 14

The Fozziest of Bears says...

Tinkerbell - there are none of those in Mottingham Lane i'm afraid.
Tinkerbell - there are none of those in Mottingham Lane i'm afraid. The Fozziest of Bears
  • Score: 33

7:13pm Wed 15 Jan 14

molsey says...

His mum don't look too bad for 49, although dad look's like he's bin drawing his pension for quite a few years now.
His mum don't look too bad for 49, although dad look's like he's bin drawing his pension for quite a few years now. molsey
  • Score: -4

4:16pm Thu 16 Jan 14

lord righteous says...

Was the dad in the film Ghost...
"Get off of my train"
Anyway,
"It isn’t about who is to blame, but it is that thing of somebody taking a bit of responsibility."
The driver did nothing wrong, it was your daft son who stepped out in front of a moving vehicle.."She says Josh thought the car had stopped to let him cross"
Get a life
Was the dad in the film Ghost... "Get off of my train" Anyway, "It isn’t about who is to blame, but it is that thing of somebody taking a bit of responsibility." The driver did nothing wrong, it was your daft son who stepped out in front of a moving vehicle.."She says Josh thought the car had stopped to let him cross" Get a life lord righteous
  • Score: -21

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