Local community praised for helping man hospitalized after being hit by van

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Helping a man hit by a van after he fell off his bike is why one of his close friends regained faith in humanity.

Ewan Crighton, 20, who lives in Wyke, was taken to Bradford Royal Infirmary on Friday June 3 after he was hit by a van in Towngate, Wyke, when he ‘accidentally stopped in the road’ .

The accident led to Ewan being taken to hospital in an ambulance and having surgery on his leg – which he is now recovering from.

Ewan Crighton, 20, is recovering from Wyke crash

But his friend and guardian, Ally Shaw, said it was thanks to the local community that he got the help he needed as quickly as he did, and that they “made friends for the life”.

“Ewan had gone to a cafe and had coffee with some friends and he admitted he just didn’t look and pulled back in front of the van which led to him being in this situation .

“When I heard about it, I rushed there and was so surprised at how many people were there.

“They weren’t just there to snoop, they were all there to do stuff.

“Pam’s Place, which is the cafe he was at, literally opened the doors and told anyone who needed a drink or a cake to go get it to calm their nerves after seeing this that had happened.”

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The crash happened in Towngate, WykeThe accident happened on Towngate, Wyke

Ms Shaw explained that she had recently struggled with her mental health, but seeing the support from the people of Wyke made her want to ‘get out and socialize again’.

“I’ve lived in Wyke all my life, it’s always been a nice place to live, there are issues but that’s the case everywhere. The amount of support made me want to go back to Wyke. We definitely made a whole new group of friends because of it.

Ewan underwent surgery at BRI on Saturday and had an x-ray to make sure he hadn’t broken anything.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Ewan was taken to Bradford Royal Infirmary where he underwent surgeryEwan was taken to Bradford Royal Infirmary where he underwent surgery

He is now recovering at home and taking pain relief medication.

Ms Shaw added: “Since it happened I’ve had so many people message me to check on him. The support we’ve had is unreal so I just want to say thank you .

West Yorkshire Police confirmed the driver stopped at the scene and assisted police with their enquiries. Any witness to www.westyorkshire.police.uk/contactus citing newspaper 842 of June 3.

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