The family of a great-grandad left with a broken knee and a fractured shoulder after a crash say his injuries could ‘have been worse’.
Reginald Norman aged 91, of Askern, was walking back to his car when he was hit by a red Peugeot on Printing Office Street in Doncaster town centre on Wednesday at around 3pm.
The pensioner’s daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Karl Evans, are now asking people to call police if they saw what happened.
Karl said: “Reginald goes into town every day, he likes to get out and about and do a bit of shopping. He normally spends about two hours there. He’s a very active 91-year-old.
“When this happened, he was on his way back to his car and about to go home.
“He said it was clear when he looked to cross the road, and the next thing he knew he was bowled over.”
Reginald is unaware of what happened next, Karl said.
“He just knows that the police and ambulance arrived and there were people around. He’d tried to get up, but he couldn’t.”
Reginald, who once served in the Army with the Royal Signals, was taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary to be treated for his injuries.
Jane and Karl were by his bedside within an hour, but only by chance.
“We live in Wales but we were on our way to collect him to stay with us for a few days.
“We’d just gone past Meadowhall when my wife got the call so we were able to get to the hospital quite quickly, but that was only because of luck.”
Reginald, who has five children, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild, suffered a broken right knee, a fractured left shoulder and cuts and bruises.
Karl added: “Reginald is still having tests now and the doctors have said he’ll be in hospital for quite a while.
“He was shaken and upset by what happened. He’s been quiet since, but he’s on a lot of pain relief.
“We are glad that it was not any worse, as it so easily could have been, but we don’t know the impact this is going to have on him.
“We are asking witnesses to speak to the police so we can find out exactly what happened.”
Call 101, quoting incident number 595 of August 10.