Ilford hit-and-run victim: Find the driver who ruined my life
PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 April 2016 | UPDATED: 10:55 14 April 2016
A mum of three who almost died when she was hit by a car is calling for the “monsters” who then drove away to be brought to justice.
Vida Mensah-Andani, 42, from Ilford, spoke to the Recorder, a year after the “life-changing” incident in Winston Way, Ilford.
“These people, these monsters, they should be brought to justice,” said Vida, who suffered severe head and facial injuries and now needs a walking aid.
“They ruined my life, I can’t do anything and right now I have to depend on someone all the time – it’s very difficult. Every day I wake up in pain.
“It has affected my life a lot. I can’t do anything on my own anymore. I can’t go out on my own.”
The mum, who had to give up her job as a care worker, said she did not see a car coming when she crossed.
Vida was on her way home from work when she crossed the zebra crossing near easyGym at 1.48am on Saturday, April 11.
She was hit by a dark Vauxhall Vectra “coming at speed” while she was mid-crossing.
The driver did not stop and drove down Winston Way towards Seven Kings.
“I remember I was in the middle of the road and I saw a big car coming at speed, that’s all I remember. The next thing I knew I was in hospital.”
The comments come after police issued a renewed appeal and a CCTV image of the car this week.
Vida’s husband Ishmael, who said doctors did not think she would survive, said his wife went from being “so strong” to completely dependent on him.
He is calling for the people responsible to hand themselves in to police.
“My message to them is you should stop and look at the person and what damage you have done – you can’t just hit a person and run away,” he said.
Ishmael said the family was “shocked” Vida survived.
The 47-year-old, who said his wife’s face “changed” after the crash, added: “Doctors thought she wasn’t going to survive because of the blood in her brain.
“It’s absolutely unbelievable – it’s changed our lives.”
He said the couple’s children, aged nine, 10 and 13, had been “very affected” by the incident.
“They don’t see their mother as the person she was – it’s very sad. It’s horrible,” he said.
Police are also appealing for the driver of a silver Audi in the area at the time of the collision to come forward.
Det Sgt Helen Lambert, of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “This collision has left a mother of three young children with life-changing injuries.
“A year after the incident she is still suffering and has been unable to live as she did. This collision has had a massive emotional impact.”
Anyone with information can call 020 8597 4874. To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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