Washington teenager 'could have died' after suspected hit and run near Nissan left him with a bleed on the brain
“I could have died” – these are the words of a Washington teenager who was left lying on the ground after being knocked down in a suspected hit and run.
Shaun Robinson was crossing the road on his way to work at Nissan when he says a car smashed into his side.
He flew onto the vehicle, banging his head on the bonnet, before coming crashing down onto the ground and hitting his head for the second time.
Shaun, who lives in Washington, has a fear of hospitals and, despite the pain he was in, begged paramedics to take him home rather than to A&E.
But hours later, Shaun says the pain became unbearable and he had no other option but to seek medical help.
On arriving at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead, he was then rushed by emergency ambulance to the Royal Victoria Infirmary, in Newcastle, after doctors found a bleed on Shaun’s brain.
He also suffered swelling to his brain, and bruising, but is now back at home and in recovery.
Shaun said: “I was on the way to work at Nissan, I got off the bus and I started to cross the road.
“I could see all the way up both roads and there were no cars in sight. I took three steps into the road and the car came hurtling towards me out of nowhere.
“It smashed into my leg and I went up onto the bonnet. I hit my head off the car and then came down and hit it off the floor.
“The driver took off and I was just lay there on the ground. I could hardly see anything.
“he paramedics arrived and they checked me over but I have a fear of hospitals and I really didn’t want to go so they took me home.
“I was at home for about 12 hours and the pain was just unbelievable. It got to the point where I felt I just had to go to hospital.”
“I had serious bleeding on the brain as well as bruising and swelling," Shaun added.
“Doctors also told me I could have died if I’d left it longer, I was horrified and scared and so dazed when it happened.”
A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “Shortly after 7am on Tuesday, November 5 we received a report of a collision on Washington Road, Sunderland.
“Officers and emergency services attended the scene where a man had been hit by a car. The car has then made off from the scene.
“Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference 134 051119 or search 'Tell us Something' on our website.”