A mum seriously injured in a hit-and-run while jogging has revealed her horror including a ‘degloving’ injury which saw flesh ripped from her leg.
Victoria Fuller was knocked down while out training for a half-marathon in Langport, Somerset, at the start of last year.
The 45-year-old was airlifted to hospital and required hours of surgery to insert pins into her as well as receive skin grafts, which have left her with a large T-shaped scar.
She spent three-and-a-half weeks in the facility before she was allowed to leave and start to rebuild her life – but still doesn’t know if she’ll ever fully recover.
Victoria was forced to give up her busy job as a kitchen assistant in a care home as a result of the crash.
She now has a ‘sit down job’ as a part-time sewing machinist after a year off recovering.
She said: “Before the crash I was feeling very positive. I was running 10 miles two or three times a week and was and looking forward to challenging myself with the half-marathon.
“However all that changed in a second.
“I remember seeing the car then all of a sudden it hit me and dragged me along the road for a bit. It drove off with the driver not having a clue if I was dead or not.
“Since then life has been a struggle. It’s not just the physical injuries. I have bad dreams and suffered other psychological issues for weeks after the crash.
“I could remember every detail of what happened.
“While I am so grateful to the amazing surgeons for saving my leg, the crash has completely changed my life.
“I am now a lot more reliant on my family and feel I have lost some of my independence.
“The donor areas where skin was taken from to repair my leg have left me with a permanent and distressing reminder of what I have been through.
“As a result I feel I can no longer wear shorts or strappy tops and can no longer swim.
“I would like to thank everyone for the care and support they have shown me. I am determined to continue my recovery and one day I hope I may be able to run again.
“I just hope that by speaking out about it will encourage road users to always make safety a priority.”
Victoria, who is married with a young son, was jogging with her running group at around 7.15pm on January 29, 2018 when a car collided with her.
All of the members of her running group were jogging in single-file and wearing reflective clothing, bands and headlights.
The car was travelling in the opposite direction near Bridgwater, Somerset when the incident occurred. It drove off despite being pursued by another driver.
Victoria suffered multiple fractures to her left tibia and fibula, ‘degloving’ of her lower left leg, a fractured left elbow and a deep cut to her left thigh.
Following the collision she was airlifted to Southmead Hospital, Bristol.
Victoria has since instructed lawyers Irwin Mitchell to investigate the collision on her behalf, who have now secured interim payments for her.
These come after driver’s insurance company admitted liability for the crash.
The driver of the car previously pleaded guilty to careless driving, fleeing the scene of an accident and driving other than in accordance with a licence at Taunton Crown Court.