Injured teen grateful to dead mate
'I just remember hitting the ground and feeling the pain and aching . . .'JOELLE DALLY
A Christchurch teenager who survived an alleged hit-and-run crash says "words can't describe" his gratitude to his mate who paid the ultimate price after pushing him to safety.
Kyle Thomson, 17, was standing beside Sean Hutt, 20, on a Hornby roadside when they were hit by a car, allegedly on the wrong side of the road, about 11pm on Saturday.
Hutt was killed instantly.
In the split second before impact, he managed to shove Thomson towards the grass verge - an act Thomson says saved his life.
Thomson escaped with a broken leg.
Awaiting surgery in Christchurch Hospital yesterday, Thomson said Hutt's death was still "sinking in".
"Words can't really describe how much I owe him," he said.
"He could've tried to save himself . . . I wouldn't be here if he didn't do what he did."
He said the crash happened in a blur.
The group had been waiting for a friend in Shands Rd, near the Marshs Rd intersection, to go to a party nearby.
He did not notice two cars approaching until Hutt yelled, "Get off the road; there's a car".
Thomson felt himself being shoved from behind towards the grass. He turned to see the light of the car's headlights before it clipped his right leg.
"It was just that fast," Thomson said. "I just remember hitting the ground and feeling the pain and aching . . . I tried to get up and walk away, but my leg just collapsed."
Hutt took the full brunt of the impact, his body flung about 30 metres.
Thomson said ambulance staff told him on the way to hospital that Hutt had died.
Thomson, who works for an engineering firm, said he and Hutt had been friends for about six months and that he was "a top guy".
Burnham welder Harry Silcock, 18, has been charged in relation to the crash.
Silcock handed himself in to police a day after the crash, accompanied by his mother and aunt. He is on bail and will appear in court again on October 1.
Witnesses said it appeared one car was trying to overtake, but the driver of the other car was not letting it.
Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Murton said the driver of the second car had been interviewed by police, but any decision about charges would be "down the track".
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