An NHS worker who was injured when a car was ‘used as a weapon’ in a racist attack said he felt unsafe getting out.
The 21-year-old, who does not want to be named, was struck by a car at Horfield, Bristol on Wednesday.
Avon and Somerset Police said the driver had deliberately targeted him and racist language was used.
“We will bounce back as a family, it will make us stronger. We won’t let the haters win, ”the man said.
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The Southmead Hospital worker was struck by the car on Monks Park Avenue around 4:30 p.m. BST.
He says he has at least six months of recovery ahead of him after suffering a broken leg, nose and cheekbone.
“I don’t feel safe walking outside and I can’t play football, record my music, go to the gym or even sleep.
“I don’t want this to happen to anyone else, I want people to know that,” said the man, who thanked those who helped him at the scene.
His mother said he had to undergo four hours of plastic surgery to remove the glass from his face after the car was “used as a weapon” and “ran over him, coming up the curb”.
“They saw the color of his skin and attacked him,” she said.
“He was hit so hard that he crushed his legs and threw him on the windshield and the assailants then shouted racist slurs at him.
“Doctors told me he was lucky to be alive. “
She said “15 people” heard him called a racist name.
“Why has my son been targeted? We are very worried that this will happen again, ”she said.
The victim was treated for his injuries at Southmead Hospital and was discharged the next day.
Police said witnesses said they saw two men running away from the vehicle and their accounts suggested that he was being driven on purpose and that racist language was used after the collision.
The road was closed while investigators scanned the scene and recovered a blue Honda Accord.
Inspector Lorna Dallimore said the man was injured in “a willful act” which “could have resulted in death”.
“It is treated and investigated as a racist assault,” she added.
Bristol deputy mayor Asher Craig described the attack as “appalling and disgusting”.
“We stand in solidarity with this citizen and condemn the odious behavior of the authors,” she added.