Hit-and-run victim: I hope the driver gets what he deserves

IPSWICH: Hit-and-run victim Simon Jacobs today called for justice to be done after the man responsible for nearly taking his life admitted dangerous driving.

The 43-year-old was left in a coma at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge and doctors told his two children to fear the worst.

For two weeks, his life hung in the balance – his daughter, 21-year-old Vicki, and son Aaron, 19, never leaving his side.

On August 30, Mr Jacobs left Rileys snooker hall to walk towards the train station.

As he crossed Grafton Way, outside the Post Office, just before 8.45pm, he was hit by a car driven by John Moir, 43, of Belstead Road, Ipswich.

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As Moir drove off, Mr Jacobs was left lying in the road with a fractured skull and jaw, two fractured eye sockets and a broken nose. One of his ears was ripped from his head.

Moir appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court in Elm Street, Ipswich, yesterday where he admitted dangerous driving, failing to stop at an injury road traffic collision, failing to report a road traffic collision, driving while disqualified and driving with no insurance.

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Today, Mr Jacobs has spoken out for the first time about the crash which he believes he was lucky to survive.

“I can’t remember a thing about the accident,” he said. “I have vague recollections of being at Rileys, but then there is nothing until about two weeks after the crash.

“I could have died. I am so lucky.”

Miss Jacobs, who was on holiday in Spain when she got the call from her brother Aaron breaking the news, said she feared she would lose her dad.

She said: “The doctors said I needed to get back as soon as possible because he may not survive. I went into shock.

“Seeing him in hospital, I didn’t recognise him as my dad. He was swollen and covered in tubes and monitors, it was awful.”

Mr Jacobs hopes Moir will be given a sentence that will send a message to others who drive around with no insurance.

“I hope he gets what he deserves,” the electrician added.

“I want this to act as a message to other irresponsible idiots driving when they shouldn’t be.

“I could have been killed and he could’ve been up for death by dangerous driving and be put away for years.

“The fact remains he should not have been behind the wheel of that car and his decision to drive nearly cost me my life.”

Recovering at the home he shares with his daughter in Firtree Rise, Pinewood, Mr Jacobs said he still struggles with his memory and has suffered permanent damage, leaving him partially deaf in one ear.

He said were it not for the support of his children, his girlfriend Sam Fowle and his friends he would not have made it through the last six weeks.

n Do you have a message of support for Mr Jacobs? Write to Your Letters, The Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN.

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