'Pray for our injured father'
A 65-YEAR-OLD is “critically” ill in hospital after he was hit by a car close to his home.
Maurice Isherwood, from Westhoughton, was hit by a Toyota Aygo at 9.10pm on Friday in Leigh Road, Westhoughton.
He was taken to hospital after he suffered bleeding to the brain, a fractured pelvis and a collapsed lung. He was described by police as being “critically ill but stable”.
His family are now appealing for people to pray for the father-of-two.
His son, Damian, aged 40, said: “We have had so many people get in touch with us and even stop us in the street to ask how my dad is.
“He’s very popular and well known in West-houghton and Bolton.
“We are trying to stay positive in this difficult time and praying for him to get better.
“As a family we would encourage anyone who knows my dad to pray for him too and we just hope it will help him. All we can think about is that he gets better.”
Mr Isherwood is believed to have been crossing the road near to The Rose Tavern pub, known locally as The Bug, when the collision happened.
The driver, a man, was not injured.
Part of the road was shut while investigations were carried out.
He is described by regulars at the pub as “a good man” who was well-known in Westhoughton.
A friend of Mr Isherwood, who did not want to be named, said: “He is a very nice man and everyone likes him. He’s very funny too and this accident has come as a big shock to everyone who comes into the pub.
“Everyone knows him and is very upset about what has happened. We hope he gets better soon.”
Mr Isherwood is being treated in Salford Royal Hospital.
Cllr David Wilkinson, a town councillor, said the stretch of road was dangerous and has asked Bolton Council whether a road safety review could be carried out.
Any witnesses to the collision should call traffic police on 0161 8564741.
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