Mother paralysed from the waist down after hit-and-run appeals for witnesses


A mother who was paralysed from the waist down after a hit-and-run following a night out is appealing for witnesses.

Chanelle Higgins, 30, was out with friends in West Norwood, in south-east London, when the life-changing accident happened.

She branded the driver "wicked" and "evil" for "leaving me for dead".

She said: "If I didn't have kids I would have given up because it was so hard, so painful, they're my motivation, they are what's keeping me going.

"I am not going to let them see mummy's weak. Mummy's too strong. I'm a fighter."

She is now wheelchair-bound, and said she used to enjoy playing football with her son and jumping on the trampoline with her daughter.

Chanelle (Met Police)
(Met Police)

Higgins and a friend were both struck by a dark grey BMW 3 series shortly before 4.40am on Sunday May 29 after leaving the Scandals night club, police said.

Asked how she felt about the driver, the single mother said: "What kind of wicked person are you? You're evil, and I am sorry to say that, but he is evil. How can you drive over somebody and leave them for dead?

"Not even stop to see if they're okay, you just continue driving like you just ran over a piece of paper."

She added: "I am not me. I am not Chanelle. I used to be so confident. I have got a long way to work back up to being me."

Chanelle smiles at her home (PA video/PA)
(PA video/PA)

Pc Laura Travers, who is leading the investigation, urged anyone with any information to come forward.

She said:"It may be that someone thinks that what they saw was only small or not that important, but that small thing could be key in our investigation."

The car involved in the incident was found on June 16 in a residential south London street.

On the same day, a 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. He was released on bail to return in December pending further inquiries.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Pc Travers on 020 8649 2135 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.