‘Life will never be the same’ for Leeds wedding guest hit by car that fled police

Bushra Ali, who was hit by a car that was fleeing police.
Bushra Ali, who was hit by a car that was fleeing police.
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A woman has told how her life will never be the same after she was mown down on the pavement by a car that sped off from police.

Student Bushra Ali was in Leeds for a wedding when the vehicle ploughed into her in front of horrified onlookers as she walked along Dewsbury Road in Beeston.

The 35-year-old was lucky to survive, but suffered brain damage as well as a smashed pelvis and hip. She had to undergo hours of painstaking surgery to remove fragments of bone from her spine.

She is unlikely ever to regain full use of her sight.

Miss Ali, who has been in the UK for the last two years studying, said: “It has changed everything – everything is broken.

“My whole body is going through a horrific situation, I don’t know what’s going to happen.”

The incident happened on May 19 – a day after a family friend of Miss Ali’s got married.

She was walking along Dewsbury Road towards a friend’s house when a Fiat Punto lost control and mounted the pavement near the junction with Tempest Road.

It hit her from behind and collided with a number of parked cars, before smashing into the front of a shop.

Police later said the car had driven off after officers tried to stop it. The 23-year-old driver was taken to hospital for treatment. He was later arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and is currently on bail.

Miss Ali, who has been studying business leadership in Luton, was unconscious for ten days after the incident. She said: “At one point I lost all hope of living. I won’t ever be like I was before.”

She is due to be discharged from hospital tomorrow, but has to wear a frame to keep her pelvis in place and will be unable to walk unaided for some time.

Efforts to find her suitable accommodation have been complicated because she is currently waiting to find out if her student visa has been extended after successfully appealing against a failed extension application in November.

Miss Ali, who had ambitions to work in the fashion industry, said she is worried about what the future holds.

“I wanted to be a businesswoman, but that won’t happen now,” she said. “These injuries are long-lasting and I just have to concentrate on trying to get better.”

A hospital spokesman said: “We are working to assist the patient in finding suitable accommodation for her discharge. As her particular case is quite complex, it would be inappropriate to comment further.”

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