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Mum of six in pain and suffering flashbacks after ‘hit and run’ on Derby road

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A mum of six from Derby has spoken of her pain and trauma after she was injured in an alleged hit and run on a busy road into the city. Chantelle Lakin, 36, from Spondon, says she is having flashbacks and cannot sleep after a white van collided with her Audi A3 on Raynesway.

Mrs Lakin claims the van slowed down after the collision but then drove off. Now she and her husband, John Lakin, 37, a mechanic, are trying to track down the “coward” who they say left Chantelle with a black eye, a suspected broken jaw, stomach cramps, and pain in her back and head.

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The family have also suffered a financial hit, having spent around £2,000 on their now written off car after initially purchasing it as a non runner and renovating it from scratch. Further, their insurance has not been able to cover all the damage and they have been left without the insurance details of the driver of the van. This has meant they are down a further £800.

Mrs Lakin said: “I was driving up Raynesway in the right hand lane towards Spondon, but then the van pulled out and the next thing I knew he was just in front of me. I bounced off the kerb on the central reservation and ended up on the road diagonally. After the crash other drivers were asking me if I was alright. I was in shock, but then angry. The van slowed down but didn’t stop and then drove off.



Battered Audi A3
The couple spent £2,000 on their Audi A3 which was involved in the collision

“I haven’t driven since then. I keep seeing flashbacks of a white van in front of my eyes. And it’s affecting my sleep, I haven’t been well at all pain and now I’m up every few hours thinking about things, including how I might not be here.

“Thankfully I did walk out of it, but I might not have. I suffer from anxiety already, and the hospital thought I’d broke my jaw, but an X-ray revealed that I have fluid in between the joints of my jaw. That means I’m now on a soft diet for four weeks. The hardest thing they want me to eat pasta.



Chantelle Lakin
Chantelle says she cannot sleep and is suffering from flashbacks

“I’ve also got a black eye, and the back of my head hurts like I smashed it on a wall. There’s also stomach cramps, and my back hurts.”

The incident happened on Thursday, August 25 around 9.20am. Mr Lakin said: “For some strange reason it’s impacted me too. I’ve been put off driving because I’m always trying to find the white van. It’s my wife, I’ve spent a lot of time driving round looking for this van. And the amount of money we’ve spent on that car. I bought it as non-runner and built engine up from scratch.



John Lakin says whoever hit his wife is a ‘coward’

“I’m also thinking at night that she could have gone. It’s painful knowing that Chantelle is going through pain and there’s nothing I can do about it. The driver has got to come forward, they can’t hide behind closed doors. They’re a coward.”

A spokesperson for Derbyshire Police has appealed for any witnesses to the incident and confirmed to Derbyshire Live that the driver of the van left the scene without giving Chantelle their insurance details.

They said: “Officers were called to reports of a collision between a Audi and a van on the A5111 in which the van driver left the scene without leaving their details.

“Anyone who witnessed the incident, or has any information about the identity of the van driver, is asked to contact the force with reference 22*494841.”

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