Arrests made after hit-and-run leaves Jaguar Land Rover worker needing amputation

Police have arrested two men after launching a probe into a hit-and-run crash which left a Jaguar Land Rover worker needing his leg amputated.

Collision Investigation Unit officers carried out two search warrants, recovered a burnt out vehicle and arrested a man and a woman.

Chris Hood was crossing Brays Road, Sheldon at around 10.10pm on Monday, September 18 when he was struck by a vehicle, believed to be a Vauxhall Astra, which made off from the scene.

The impact was so severe that the 26-year-old Jaguar Land Rover worker had to have part of his leg amputated.

He remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Police have now arrested a 38-year-old man on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and perverting the course of justice. A 35-year-old woman has also been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice. Both have been released while investigations continue.

Det Sgt Paul Hughes said, “Whilst the investigation is far from complete theses searches and arrests represent a significant step forward. We’ve also recovered a burnt out vehicle which is of interest to the enquiry. I would encourage anyone who has any information relating to this incident to get in touch with me or my team.

“This is one of a number of recent serious non-stop collisions within the West Midlands which I know may cause concern to the public. I would like to reassure you that we take every step possible to trace offenders. We treat these matters with the utmost seriousness.”

Last week Chris’ older brother Alan, with whom he shares a Kings Norton home, told the Birmingham Mail: “He is a very strong person, but we fear this will devastate him. He is such an active person who walks to work every day. He loves cycling along the canals.”

Alan added that Chris would battle on: “I know Chris and know that he won’t let it be the end.”

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