Stansted estate agent suffers life changing injuries in hit and run incident

Stansted estate agent Shaun Whiter, 27, who suffered life changing injuries as a result of a hit and

Stansted estate agent Shaun Whiter, 27, who suffered life changing injuries as a result of a hit and run incident in Newmarke - Credit: Archant

A crowdfunding page has been set up for a Stansted estate agent after he suffered life changing injuries following a hit and run incident on Friday night (July 1).

Shaun Whiter, 27, who is the branch manager at David Lee estate agency in Cambridge Road, was hit by a car, which did not stop at the scene, when he stopped to help a friend with a flat tyre in Dullingham Road, Newmarket, at around 10.55pm.

He was flown to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge by an East of England Air Ambulance and was forced to have both legs amputated.

His friend, Joey Abbs, 30, from Newmarket, was also injured in the incident and remains in Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

After stopping at the side of the road with a puncture to his silver Vauxhall Astra on Friday night, Mr Abbs phoned Mr Whiter, who drove from his home in Borough Green, to help.

Mr Whiter parked his black BMW 320 behind his friend’s car at the side of the road and as he was getting some tools from his boot while wearing a high-visibility jacket, a Ford Focus crashed into him.

The impact forced his car to shunt forwards, trapping Mr Abbs between the BMW and the boot of his own car. The Ford Focus immediately drove off following the collision.

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A target of £5,000 has been set for the pair through a crowdfunding page and already more than £3,500 has been donated.

David Kirby, 36, director at David Lee, said: “I’m devastated for him and everyone in the office was shocked and very upset. Shaun has worked for us for 10 years, right from a 17-year-old junior negotiator progressing to office manager at Stansted.

“He is a charismatic character, very professional in his job and also very caring, as can be seen from the fact he was helping a mate out.

“I saw him on Sunday and he’s taking it really well and staying incredibly upbeat about it all. He’s getting married next summer and is looking forward to that.

“I would ask anyone who knows anything about it or saw anything to help the police with their enquiries.”

PC Ian Masters, of Cambridgeshire Police, said: “This was a serious collision and has sadly resulted in life changing injuries for the driver of the BMW.

“I am particularly keen to speak to the driver of the Ford Focus who did not remain at the scene.”

In a post on his Facebook page, Mr Whiter said: “From my behalf, I want to say a massive thank you to each and everyone for the messages of support. It’s an amazing feeling knowing each and everyone of you are there for support and thank you so much. I want to thank all family members that have helped us so much, without them I don’t know where I would be.

“This is the same for both friends and and the Cambridge Addenbrooke’s nurses. We are 100 per cent fighting to get out of this place and will be with you shortly, but please keep the visiting up we love it. #warriors.”

Anyone with information or who witnessed the collision is asked to call police on 101 and speak to a member of the Road Policing Unit. Alternatively people with information can call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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