The victim of a Glenrothes hit and run incident has made an appeal from her hospital bed for the culprit to give themselves up to the police.
Teacher Ruth McIntosh from Pitteuchar suffered fractured vertebrae as well as cuts and bruises following the collision, which has left the 43-year-old needing to be fitted with a back brace and facing a year of intensive physiotherapy.
Comforted by her husband Andrew, she called on the driver of a grey hatchback vehicle who ran her down on Warout roundabout last Wednesday morning to take a “long hard look at themselves in the mirror” and contact the police.
“I’ve been left confused and angry at how someone could have just driven off and left me there,” Ruth said.
“The driver slowed down after hitting me before driving off so they know full well they collided with me.
“While I’ve suffered a serious injury to my back I’m just thankful I’m still alive, another day and it could have been more serious or could have resulted in me being killed.
“It may have been an innocent accident but the person needs to tell the police that and I hope they have the decency to come forward.”
Keen athlete and cyclist Ruth says she is dreading having to wear the brace, which will hold her spine in position, for the next six weeks.
“I’m an active person, I love running and cycling and was due to compete in the half marathon so being involved in this incident has curtailed just about everything that I do.”
The couple say they have been left devastated and have cancelled a forthcoming holiday to Prague because of the severity of the injuries.
Though she added that she has been left humbled by the support of family and friends and for those passers by who stopped to help.
“The people who helped me at the roadside and the hospital staff have all been amazing, I can’t begin to thank them enough,” said Ruth.
Police appeal for the driver of a grey hatchback vehicle to come forward
Police are appealing for the driver of a grey hatchback vehicle involved in the hit and run incident on Warout Roundabout at around 6.10am on Wednesday, September 16, to come forward.
Glenrothes Community Sergeant Kenny Greig said: “The incident will have caused a considerable amount of damage to the vehicle, which we think possibly to have been a grey Mazda.
“We want anyone who has been approached to repair a vehicle of this description to contact us.
“Enquiries into this incident are ongoing and I would urge anyone with information to come forward.
“They can do so anonymously if they wish by simply contacting us on 101 or by telephoning Crimestoppers on 0333 259 2971.”