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Blackburn road accident victim urges drivers to slow down
3:55pm Saturday 30th June 2012 in Blackburn
A FATHER-of-11 left in a coma for six months after being hit by a taxi, is speaking out to urge speeding drivers to slow down and ‘think’ of others.
Former bricklayer Andrew Carter was walking to his local corner shop when he was struck by a moving taxi and propelled 65 yards down the street.
The 54-year-old of Stoneyhurst Close, Blackburn was left with two skull fractures, a shattered left ear and arm, muscular problems in his left hand and his right leg in a brace.
The grandfather-of-five, said: “I have very little memory about what happened that day on Dec 28, 2007 or what happened during the following years.
“I can’t remember where I was going, but from what me and my family have pieced together I think I was going to the shop to buy the kids some sweets.
“I don’t remember anything about the accident but later I was told i had been hit by a taxi and that I had been discovered 65 yards away from the crash site.
“I was put into a medically induced coma for six months and my children honestly thought I was going to die.”
Mr Carter was crossing Whalley Old Road in Blackburn when the accident happened.
Police launched an investigation at the time of the incident but found nobody.
Mr Carter said: “I was in hospital for more than two years and then I was in a wheelchair.
“I am taking everyday as it comes but I know my life will never be like it was before.
“While I was in a coma I had two strokes as well as problems with my heart. And just when I thought I was getting better I caught MRSA.
“Nowadays everything seems mixed up. I struggle to remember how many children I have.
“I just want people to read my story and think about taking more care behind the wheel.
“We hear of too many lives being lost in car crashes. I am just going to continue trying to get better a step at a time.
“Despite all my problems, my children are just happy I survived.”