Student fractured skull in fall from taxi in Sheffield

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POLICE are trying to trace the driver of a taxi from which a Rotherham man fell and fractured his skull on his way home from a night out in Rotherham.

Police said a 20-year-old man got into a black Hackney cab, believed to be a Peugeot Expert, outside Corporation in Milton Street, Sheffield, at 1.50am last Thursday – and fell out on his journey home to Rotherham.

He was with three friends in the cab when he fell from the moving vehicle on Swallow Wood Road, Swallownest, at the junction with Haigh Moor Way.

The passenger, a student, fractured his skull and an eye socket in the fall.

He was taken to Rotherham Hospital, where he remained yesterday, but there are plans for him to be transferred to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield for surgery.

Police said one of the injured man’s friends paid the cab fare and the driver left the scene.

Officers want to speak to the cabbie and any witnesses to the incident.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “The man and three male friends had travelled in a black Hackney cab, believed to be a Peugeot Expert, from the rank outside the Corporation bar, in Milton Street, Sheffield.

“The incident happened at around 1.50am on Thursday, November 15, on Swallow Wood Road at the junction with Haigh Moor Way, Swallownest, Rotherham.

“The man was taken to Rotherham District General Hospital, where he remains, but he is likely to be transferred to Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital for surgery.

“In the meantime, another passenger paid the fare and the taxi left the area.”

Anyone who saw the incident, or who has any information about the fall or the taxi driver, should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 and quote incident number 387 of November 17, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.