Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 4 October 2015

Nurse in hit and run crash

by Chris McCann

Published 13/01/2011

A hit and run driver has crashed into the car of a nurse in south Belfast causing £2000 worth of damage

.Andrea Bell, a district nurse based in the north of the city, was visiting a patient’s house last Thursday in Belfast’s Belvoir Estate when a driver crashed into her Fiat Grande Punto, damaging the driver’s side and breaking off the wing mirror.

The mother of two young children, who is now faced with a £200 insurance access fee bill, has made a plea for the person behind the smash o come forward.

“All I want is my car fixed, being a district nurse I need my car.

“I’m shocked and hurt by this as I only had the car for 11 weeks, before this happened. I had been excited about getting it,” she said.

“I have two children, a mortgage and am driving a decent car, it’s not easy.

“I’m just very shocked and hurt that someone could be so dishonest. Sometimes you just think everyone is as honest as you.”

An elderly man called at the house Andrea was visiting to tell her what happened, but said he couldn’t get the car registration.

The vehicle is believed to have ben silver.

The incident meant that one area of south Belfast was without a district nurse for almost two days. Andrea explained: “I had to take a day’s holiday on the Thursday, as the car was unfit to drive. Then, there was no courtesy car available for me on the Friday.

“So, the local community lost out on a district nurse.”

Andrea, who is now driving a courtesy car while her car is repaired, said the financial knock-on effect of the crash would continue into next year.

“Hopefully my insurance will cover this, but there is the access fee, and this will affect my premium for next year.

“If anyone knows anything about this, I’d be very grateful if they could contact the police.”

A PSNI spokesperson said: “Police in Castlereagh are appealing for information following an incident in the Downhill Avenue area.

“Shortly before 10am on Thursday, January 6, a silver car collided with a parked Fiat Grande Punto and continued on. Damage was caused to the Fiat Grande Punto.

“Police are keen to speak to the driver of the silver car or anyone who witnessed the collision. They can be contacted on 0845 600 8000.”

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