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Appeal for witnesses after Ealing pensioner left brain injured following serious road accident

The family of a 77-year-old pensioner from Ealing who was hit by a motorbike  at the end of last year are appealing for help from witnesses.  

Jagjit Sandhu’s family say their father was left brain injured and with multiple fractures after he was hit while crossing the road on 3 December 2022.

Mr Sandhu, 77, who is well-known around his neighbourhood, was walking his Golden Retriever, Charlie, along the same route he covered most days. He was crossing Popes Lane near Gunnersbury Park at 1:38pm when a motorbike hit him on the road.

After his wife Sukhdarshan arrived at the scene, Mr Sandhu, recognising the severity of his accident, thought he was dying and told her to ring their children so he could say his final goodbyes.

He was taken by ambulance to St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington for emergency surgery, where he remained for several weeks in ICU.

Mr Sandhu’s daughter, Parminder, said that her father is now undergoing intense rehabilitation in the Wellington Hospital in St John’s Wood and is doing well considering they thought he would not make it through the first 24 hours.

Jagjit Sandhu and family
Jagjit Sandhu and family

She said: “He is sitting up in bed and talking and laughing with us all again, which is a huge relief. He has a long way to go but we know he is getting better as he’s determined to get back to his favourite pastimes – communicating on Tiktok and YouTube with all his friends and family.”

Immediately after the collision, Mr Sandhu asked a witness at the scene to inform his wife of his accident. He was concerned that Charlie was still at the groomers and needed to let his family know what had happened.

The witness who was driving a blue Hyundai rang the doorbell of Mr Sandhu’s house to say he had seen the motorbike hit Mr Sandhu but, in the confusion, the family did not get his name. He drove Sukhdarshan to the scene and remained there until the services arrived.

Parminder added: “We would really appreciate this very considerate man getting back in touch. We’re so grateful for his help that allowed us to see our dad at such a key time. His evidence will help our father’s case and could help greatly with his rehabilitation.There is a way to go, but we’re all feeling much more positive about his recovery.”

According to Parminder, her father knew all his neighbours and is considered the ‘dad’ of the neighbourhood, much loved alongside his wife and companion, Charlie.

Parminder continued: “He has had so many messages of prayers and support from all around the world. It has meant a huge amount to him and massively helped with his recovery. Any help from witnesses would be appreciated by all of us, especially Jagjit, who has a long road to recovery ahead of him.”

Lawyers at Fieldfisher are investigating matters for the family. Anyone with information can contact Harriet Salvesen-Sawh in confidence on 0330 460 6761 or email Harriet.Salvesen-Sawh@fieldfisher.com

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