Woman thrown into betting shop window after being hit by car in Harold Hill

PUBLISHED: 14:50 28 April 2017 | UPDATED: 02:34 30 April 2017

The accident scene in Hilldene Avenue, Harold Hill. Picture Ken Mears.

The accident scene in Hilldene Avenue, Harold Hill. Picture Ken Mears.


A woman was thrown into a betting shop window after a car, allegedly driven by an elderly driver, crashed into her this afternoon.

Eyewitnesses said the driver had seriously injured the pedestrian in Hilldene Avenue, Harold Hill, after he reversed his car at high speed.

Harold Hill resident Christopher Knox saw the accident with his wife Tina.

“An old man parked outside the William Hill betting office and got in his car, put it into reverse and at full speed shot up the pavement straight into a woman,” he said.

“She shot into the betting shop window.

“Then he put the car into forward and shot across the car park, straight into two parked cars.

“One of the cars mounted the pavement.”

The incident occurred at 12.45pm.

“He hit her from behind,” said an eyewitness who wished to remain unnamed.

“He smashed the window of the betting shop and the green grocer.”

Mr Knox said ambulance crews and the fire brigade arrived on scene, but criticised the lack of response from the police.

“We have been waiting for the police to turn up nearly an hour later,” he continued.

“We have even called the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

“The fire brigade cannot leave the scene and go to other incidents until the police turn up.

“Firefighters are taking witnesses’ details. It’s not their job. They’re doing the police’s job.”

A police spokeswoman said: “Police are en route.

“The female pedestrian has been taken to an east London hospital with non life-threatening injuries.”

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