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Plea to hit and run driver who left 63-year-old in coma to come forward

Robert Higgins, 63, has been critically injured in a hit-and-run. His relatives are pleading for the driver to ‘do the right thing and come forward’.

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Mr Higgins has been in an induced coma ever since he was struck by a vehicle on Genners Lane in Northfield, Birmingham, at around 11.30pm on Tuesday October 2.

No-one has been arrested and Mr Higgins' niece, Joanne Piotrowski, is appealing to the driver to contact the police as his family keep a bedside vigil.

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Do the right thing and come forward and hand yourself in - it’s only going to make matters worse.

My uncle is a lovely person. He’s so calm and collected. He keeps himself to himself. He’s a mad Aston Villa fan. He loves walking in the countryside and being on the seafront.

– Joanne Piotrowski
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Mr Higgins has a bleed on the brain, a fractured skull, six broken ribs on his right hand side, a broken pelvis and a broken nose.

His niece decided to publish a picture of his injuries to urge anyone with information to come forward.

Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, from West Midlands Police's Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said:

We are in the early stages of piecing together how this man came about his injuries and I am keeping an open mind.

We are unclear at this stage whether the man was a pedestrian crossing the road before he was struck, or whether he had already sustained injuries in the road before he was hit by a car.

I would urge anyone who knows anything or who was in the area at the time, to get in touch with us as a matter of urgency. In particular I would appeal to the driver of a light coloured 4x4 car which was at the location at the time to make contact.

– Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, West Midlands Police