A 51-year-old double amputee has suffered injuries to his hand and thighs following a suspected hit and run.
Mark Walker was hit by a car while crossing the road in Saffron Lane in Leicester on Saturday.
His sister told LeicestershireLive that his mobility scooter which was badly damaged by the impact may have saved his life.
“When I saw the scooter mangled at the side of the road I couldn’t believe how he’d survived,” she said. “But it appears that it actually may have saved his life.
“It toppled over in the impact and protected him from the worst of it. If it wasn’t for the scooter I think he would be dead now for certain.”
Police are investigating the incident and calling for witnesses.
A force spokesperson said: “At 6.30pm on Saturday 23 January officers received a report of a collision involving a car and a man in a mobility scooter in Saffron Lane, Leicester.
“The car was reported to have failed to stop at the scene. East Midlands Ambulance Service also attended the scene and the man, in his 50s, was taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary for treatment to a hand injury – he has since been discharged.
“Enquires are ongoing into the circumstances surrounding the collision.”
Contact Leicestershire Police on 101.