Granddaughter of crash victim in police appeal for driver

Thomas Davis Image copyright Kent Police
Image caption Mr Davis established the Polhill Cycling Club

The granddaughter of a man who was left critically injured in a hit-and-run has appealed to the driver to come forward.

Thomas Davis, 85, suffered multiple fractures as he crossed the A2 London Road outside the Premier Inn in Rainham at 23:20 BST on Friday.

He had been returning to the hotel after the Polhill cycling club's annual dinner in Upchurch.

The car, which failed to stop, may have been a silver Peugeot, Kent Police said while appealing for witnesses.

Nicole Sawhney, Mr Davis's granddaughter, has been at his hospital bedside since the crash.

She said the active cyclist, who now lived in Lincoln, had established the Polhill Cycling Club when he lived in Gillingham.

'No illusions'

"He is the main carer for my nan and this has come as such a shock to us all," she said.

"Nine of his ribs are broken and his lungs are bruised," she added.

"He has fractures to his vertebrae and bleeds on his brain.

"We are under no illusions and know he has a lot to battle through."

Insp Martin Stevens said officers were trying to find the driver.

"The road is a busy one and we are confident that there would have been people and motorists in the area at the time of the collision," he said.

"A man's life is in the balance and we owe it to him and his family to find out exactly how this serious collision occurred."

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