Footballer loses both legs in car crash trying to help friend

Footballer loses both legs in car crash trying to help friend
Published: 2016 July 10 09:19:01 (6274 Views)
Tens of thousands of pounds has been raised for a young footballer who lost both his legs in a horrific crash.

Shaun Whiter, 27, had gone to the aid of his friend Joey Abbs, 31, who had a flat tyre when a speeding car smashed into the pair and drove off without stopping.

Shaun, who played for Newmarket Football Club, took the brunt of the impact but Joey was also crushed, suffering a serious injury to his right leg.

Cambridgshire Police issued a fresh appeal for witnesses to try and trace the car, a silver Ford Focus, and its driver.

The crash happened on Dullingham Road, Newmarket, Cambridgeshire at 10.55pm last Friday.

Shaun was taken to hospital and had both lower legs amputated at Addenbrooke's, where he and Joey are still recovering.

Meanwhile more than £40,000 has been raised for Shaun in an online fundraising campaign by his devastated fiancee Charlotte Way.



The couple are due to get married next year and one of the first things he is reported to have said the day after the hit-and-run was to tell Charlotte that he would walk down the aisle at their wedding next July.

Charlotte's family and friends set up a fundraising page on Tuesday.

By that evening it had raised £7,000, but now the figure is more than £40,000 – a third of the way towards the £120,000 target.

And a World War Two veteran who was conned out of his life savings and became the centre of a fundraising campaign donated £2,000 to the footballer's fund.

Cyril Banks, 91, had £9,000 stolen by fraudsters claiming to be the police.

After more than £12,000 was raised for him, Mr Banks said he wanted to donate some to Shaun.

Mr Banks said: "He's had a very nasty accident and needs to get new legs for his wedding. If I can help him, I would be very happy."

The money raised will be used to pay for modifications to Shaun's home and car, as well as equipment and aftercare he may need, his family said.




Source - Mirror

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