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Injured smash victim: ‘Turn yourself in’‘It happened so fast’

Tuesday October 22, 2019 Written by Published in Crime
Charles Leger, the victim of the Tupapa hit and run crash, at Rarotonga hospital yesterday. 19102109/ 19102110 Charles Leger, the victim of the Tupapa hit and run crash, at Rarotonga hospital yesterday. 19102109/ 19102110

Charles Leger, the victim of this weekend’s Tupapa hit-and-run crash, says he has forgiven the person who committed the crime. But the 32-year-old is asking the driver of the red Honda Jazz to turn themself in to police to avoid further repercussions.

 

Leger, who suffered a deep gash on his forehead and bruises on his arms and knees, was thrown off his motorbike after being hit from behind by the red car. The offender fled.

“The driver of the car should have just stopped rather than speeding off. The driver didn’t stop, making things worse for him or herself,” Leger said.

“For me and my family, we have forgiven you for what you have done but we just want you to come forward to hand yourself to police to avoid further charges and penalties.”

Police are still looking for the driver of the red car.

Leger said the car overtook a truck before smashing into him. From the impact, he knew the car was speeding.

“It happened so fast. It was raining so I was focused on the road then all of a sudden I was thrown off my bike to the other side of the road, head first. I managed to get up but the car took off without even stopping,” he said.

“One of my colleagues who was in the truck behind me came to check on me but I asked him to chase after the car and get the plate number.Some people witnessed the crash and came to help me and I thank them.”

Leger, who is working as a tradesman for a construction company, said the incident had left him shocked.

“I have a deep cut on my forehead and the nurses have stitched part of it because they said there could be infection inside due to the bleeding, so they left it partly open. I have never been involved in anything like this before and this has surely left me shocked.”

Leger, who’s been here a year said, his boss visited him yesterday.  He has a week of sick leave from work and hopes to recover in time to resume his duties.

“My aunty always told me to be careful on the road and always keep an eye out. But how can you avoid something like this?”