Family appeal for information as dad seriously injured in collision

West Midlands Police are investigating after a man was left with life changing injuries following a hit-and-run in Northfield in February.

Officers believe father-of-five, Robert Field, was crossing the road when he was struck by a small dark blue car on Hoggs Lane at the junction with Cheverton Road at 7pm on Saturday 22 February.

The car, which was travelling in the direction of Frankley Beeches Road, failed to stop and a passenger-side wing mirror was left at the scene.  Members of the public rushed to the aid of Mr Field, aged 66, who was taken to hospital where he remains after suffering life changing injuries due to the impact of the collision.

His children have today (12 March) shared a picture of their father’s injuries and an emotional plea for anyone with information to come forward.

Robert Field injuries
Mr Field suffered serious injuries and remains in hospital 

They said: “Our dad was involved in a hit and run in Northfield and his injuries included 10 fractures throughout his body, a brain bleed and an open fracture to his leg. Doctors told us many times he’s lucky to still be alive.

“During his time in the hospital dad has spent a week in intensive care and will be leaving with life-changing injuries, including the amputation of his lower leg.

“Anyone who knows dad will understand the troubles he’s had with his knees and still maintained his independence and the ability to walk unaided. This will now change and will include him spending time in a wheelchair, the fitting of a prosthetic and the physiotherapy required to learn to walk again.

“Many people from Northfield will recognise dad’s face from over the many years he has lived here from a small lad.

Robert Field
Father of five, Mr Field, was crossing the road when he was struck by a small dark blue car on Hoggs Lane

“He’s a lovely man who will do anything to help anyone and we are grateful for all the messages of support and love we have received from people. Dad has five children and five grandchildren who are thankful that he’s still here for many years to come.

“We urge anyone who may have noticed the slightest detail on that night to come forward and we will always be indebted to the people that stopped and helped him and have continued to message in support since.”

Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, from the serious collision investigation unit, said: “A wing mirror was recovered from the scene and we are appealing for anyone who saw a car matching the description, without a wing mirror after the collision, to contact us.

“We are conducting CCTV enquiries and speaking to witnesses, however we are still appealing for information or anyone with dashcam footage or CCTV. No matter how small you believe your information may be, it could hold vital information to help progress this investigation.”

Anyone with information can contact us via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight, call 101 anytime or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Please quote log number 2243 of 22/2/20

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