AN NHS hospital worker has relieved the moment thugs used a car “as a weapon” to ram him as they yelled “f****** n*****”.
The victim, 21, was walking home from his shift at Southmead Hospital in Bristol on Wednesday when he was deliberately struck by a car.
The young man, who has not been named, said: “I have six months of recovery ahead of me, minimum. I have a broken leg, nose and cheekbone, will need plastic surgery to my face and leg and am walking on crutches
“I don’t want this to happen to anyone else, I want people to be aware.
“This has affected me proper – mentally as well as physically. I don’t feel safe to walk outside and I can’t play football, record my music, go to the gym or even sleep – I have to try to sleep sitting up.
“I really want to thank all the people who were there to help me – the people who were there when it happened, colleagues at the NHS for their love and support, the witnesses who have come forward and SARI as well as the police for their hard work.
“We will bounce back as a family, this will make us stronger. We won’t let the haters win.”
His devastated mum told the BBC, after sharing pictures of his shocking injuries, “they saw the colour of his skin and attacked him”, using the car “as a weapon”.
She said: “He was hit so hard it squashed his legs and threw him onto the windscreen and the attackers then screamed racial abuse at him.
“I was told by doctors he was lucky to be alive.”
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The thugs allegedly shouted “f****** n*****” after running the innocent victim into a wall.
They then ditched the car and fled, leaving the man to fight for his life.
Friend Ronald Muchenje said: “He is alive thank God, but the damage done is already too much to bear when you consider they ran him over into a wall all because he is black.
“The perpetrators could be heard screaming “f****** n***** by at least 15 eyewitnesses as they ditched the car running off leaving him to fight for his life.
“It’s so bad that we are having to deal with this in 2020. I now can’t even let my kids play outside because the risk of someone actually driving towards them because they are black is too high or just attacking them in broad day light.
“He is like a little brother to me. I am always trying to give him good advice in work. He is a humble kid as well.”
Local football team DRG SV Frenchay, who described him as a member of the team named “K-dog”, said: “This is absolutely sicking what has happened to one of our players.
“Genuinely one of the nicest guys at the club and that I have ever met. On be half of everyone one at the club we wish you a speedy recovery K-dog.”
Campaign group Black History Studies tweeted: “He was leaving work at Southmead Hospital at 4pm when he was struck by a car into the wall.”
Police confirmed they are treating the incident as a racially aggravated assault.
Witnesses saw two men run away from the vehicle after the crash, police said. The road was closed for more than five hours as forensic teams scoured the scene.
Det Insp Danielle Underwood said officers have now interviewed the victim, who was rushed to hospital with serious injuries, but which were not life-threatening.
The victim was discharged the next day following treatment.
Andrea Young, Chief Executive at North Bristol NHS Trust, said it was “incredibly saddened” by the attack on its hospital worker.
She said: “The police believe this to have been a racially aggravated attack and we are horrified that this is something that has happened to one of our friends and colleague.
“Racism, in any form, has no place in our society and that an attack such as this can happen is shocking.”
Officers have seized a vehicle, carried out house-to-house enquiries, taken more than a dozen witness statements, trawled for CCTV and appealed for dashcam footage.
Neighbourhood Inspector Lorna Dallimore said: “This is a shocking incident in which a vehicle was deliberately driven at the victim and racist language used following the collision.
“We are very grateful to everyone who has been in touch with information so far. We’re working hard and progressing some positive lines of enquiry as a matter of urgency.”
Police are asking anyone who saw a dark blue Honda Accord being driven in the area at around that time or have any CCTV or dashcam footage of the incident or the vehicle just beforehand to get in touch quoting reference 5220163308.
Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.