Joanne Gough, 20, was thrown up into the air and landed face first on the ground when she was hit as she crossed Timberlog Lane, in Basildon.
The driver of the silver Ford Ka did not stop.Who’s to blame? Well, the car (possibly) for driving too fast and (definitely) for failing to stop.
But let’s not absolve Joanne of all blame, shall we?
Miss Gough, of Saffron Drive, Basildon, hopes speaking out about her ordeal may help to persuade the driver of the vehicle to come forward. S
he said: “It all happened so fast. This car came out of nowhere, so it was a real shock.
“As I crossed, there was nothing coming on the right side of the road, there was a bus on the left side, but it was quite far away and I could've made it across. “You mean you weren't crossing at a designated crossing? And you misjudged the speed of the traffic?
“Then a Ka came from behind the bus quite fast and knocked me over. “Well, that’s what happens when you jaywalk and lose. What is it with pedestrian road safety lately? It used to be quite uncommon to have to break for pedestrians sprinting across the road - adults, not children! Now, it's an everyday occurrence.
Miss Gough, who is unemployed, said she feels “absolutely disgusted” the driver didn't stop.
She added: “It could have been a child or older person they knocked over and they could've been killed. It’s done enough to me.
“They just carried on. They are just maniacs.”Your own behaviour is nothing to commend, either. You aren't a child.
Cross the road at a designated crossing and don’t try to sprint across, then whine when you lose the race.