A HIT-and-run victim has relived the moment a car ran a red light and ploughed into him as he crossed a busy Leeds road.
Ignas Gudelis, 23, was left with a shattered right leg after he was hit at around 50mph as he made his way to a friend’s Christmas party.
Speaking from his hospital bed in Leeds General Infirmary’s major trauma unit, the Lithuanian student told the YEP: “I’ve been told I flew into the air for about two to three metres and landed on the pavement. He was gone by then.
“I can’t tell if I was conscious. I was in a massive shock, probably. I remember being very cold and I know a lot of people jumped straight over to help me.
“I could feel my bone sticking out. It is massively painful and you are in shock because you don’t know what has happened.”
Ignas said he felt “confused and scared” but said he was not angry at the driver who had sped off and left him in the road.
“My first thoughts weren’t who did this and why, I was more concerned over how to survive this really,” he said.
Paramedics quickly arrived to take him to hospital where he has had two operations on his leg to remove around 5cms of bone and insert pins.
Surgeons will later replace them with discs and screws to help it fuse back together again, which will take up to six months.
“Since the impact was very very strong the bone was scattered in a lot of small pieces so they had to be removed,” he said.
“I have bruises all over my body, my back is all blue, and I have a few stitches in my headbut no serious damage. I have been told I have been really lucky.”
Ignas now expects to have to spend Christmas in hospital, having planned to spend the holidays skiing with his girlfriend, who lives in London.
But he hopes to be back at work at Holbeck-based marketing agency Turn Key, where he is on a year’s placement as part of his studies at Northumbria University, within a month.
Police are still trying to trace the driver of the silver Audi or BMW which hit him in Claypit Lane, at the junction with Meanwood Road in Sheepscar.
Ignas, who lives in Little London, said: “I think it’s cowardly not to stop and check at least to see if I’m alive and call an ambulance. It’d be nice if I get to see who he is but I don’t know if that would change a lot. I think they have to be punished.”
Witnesses to the incident, at around 6.40pm on Saturday, are asked to call police on 101.