Victim's mother returns to scene

ANNA PEARSON
Last updated 13:00 16/08/2012
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CRIME SCENE: Police cordon the scene where a man was injured on Wakefield Quay.

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The mother of the man who was driven into on Nelson's Wakefield Quay yesterday, resulting in him losing a leg, drove to the scene in the damaged car that crashed into the man.

A 26-year-old Nelson woman was yesterday charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, after the man was crushed against a pole, severing his right leg.

St John said the man suffered a "traumatic amputation" at the scene, rather than the leg later being amputated by surgeons or paramedics.

The 40-year-old Nelson man was in a stable condition in intensive care at Nelson Hospital this morning after undergoing surgery yesterday.

Detective Senior Sergeant Wayne McCoy, of Nelson, said the offender fled the scene before police arrived yesterday morning.

Mr McCoy said this morning the damaged car was brought back to the scene by the driver's boyfriend and the driver's grandmother, who was the mother of the victim.

Nelson Mail staff saw the victim's mother at the scene in her nightwear, in a distressed state.

Mr McCoy said the victim was walking to work when the crash happened.

He would not comment on what caused the woman to allegedly drive into the man, as the incident was before the courts.

The crash happened outside The Quay apartments at 7.40am yesterday, while the victim was walking along the footpath.

The woman later went to the Nelson police station with family members to hand herself in.

The police serious crash unit was conducting an investigation at the scene yesterday.

Pools of blood marked the footpath where paramedics treated the injured man before he was taken to Nelson Hospital by ambulance.

The 26-year-old briefly appeared in the Nelson District Court yesterday, and her lawyer Michael Vesty successfully argued for name suppression.

His arguments for suppression were also suppressed.

She has been remanded in custody until September 7.

A witness, who did not want to be named, described seeing a four-door sedan heading along Wakefield Quay towards Nelson before allegedly driving across the footpath and into the man.

He saw the man crumple to the ground and cry for help, "and that's when the lights and stuff [in the apartment buildings] started coming on”.

"The car was right off the road.

"He started screaming right away.

"She backed off on to the road again and took off towards Nelson.

"He was rolling around on the ground, screaming for help.”

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Builders at a nearby construction site saw the incident and were first on the scene.

They are helping police with their investigations.

- Nelson

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