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Appeal for Wanstead music teacher seriously injured in hit-and-run accident

PUBLISHED: 12:30 02 November 2012

Nick Bowers-Broadbent

Nick Bowers-Broadbent

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The wife of a music teacher from Wanstead who lead a choir in a BBC programme and was badly injured in a hit-and-run accident is appealing for witnesses.

Nick Bowers-Broadbent, 43, was cycling from Islington to Hackney when he was hit by a silver Ford Focus and flung into the air, at around 11.30pm on Sunday, October 14.

The choir master was taken to Homerton Hospital where staff discovered his right leg had been broken in two places and his ribs fractured.

The keen cyclist led gospel choir Revelation to the semi-finals of BBC One’s Last Choir Standing show.

He underwent surgery on his leg on October 22 and doctors estimate it will take him six to eight weeks to recover.

His wife, headteacher Jackie Bowers-Broadbent, 42, said the incident had been incredibly traumatic for her and their three children, aged two, six and nine.

She said: “I would like to think the person who has done this has a conscience.

“I would appeal to them to go into a police station and say they did this.”

She admitted she had gone to “great lengths” not to let their children know until they had got back from school the following day because she did not want them to be upset at school.

She said: “Nobody wants to receive a phone call like that at midnight.

“The worst things run through your mind.

“It will stay with me for ever and I would not want to go through that again.

“My six-year-old cried and keeps asking about his dad.

“[Nick] was teaching him how to play the drums and he was supposed to perform at an event, but he now has to put these plans on hold.”

A Hackney Police spokesman said: “The car was being driven by a black male aged 18 to 19, of a tall slim build.”

The incident took place in the junction of Brooksby’s Walk and Homerton High Street and the car was found abandoned in Overbury Street, Homerton the following day.

Anyone with information should call 101.


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