Hit-and-run driver ‘gutless’ after leaving two women and children in smashed up cars

PUBLISHED: 17:08 30 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:48 01 December 2017

Davinia West's car was damaged in a hit-and-run crash on the A414.
Picture: Supplied

Davinia West's car was damaged in a hit-and-run crash on the A414. Picture: Supplied


Calls have been made for a “gutless” hit-and-run driver to turn themselves in after causing a pile-up involving young children in Hatfield.

Davinia West's car was damaged in a hit-and-run crash on the A414.
Picture: SuppliedDavinia West's car was damaged in a hit-and-run crash on the A414. Picture: Supplied

The crash happened on the A414, North Orbital Road, about 500 yards from the University of Hertfordshire roundabout on Tuesday morning.

Davinia West, 39, was on her way to work in a Ford Kuga when a Vauxhall Vectra ploughed into the back of her as she was waiting stationary in traffic.

Davinia said: “I remember looking in my rear view mirror thinking the car behind me isn’t going to stop.

“It hit me at about 50mph and shunted me into the car in front which then hit the car in front of that.”

Davinia West
Picture: SuppliedDavinia West Picture: Supplied

The car in front of Davinia, a black Audi A3, was being driven by Lynne Glover, who had her four-month-old baby and a toddler in the vehicle.

Lynne’s partner was in the car in front of her.

Mum-of-two Davinia, who works in administration at a St Albans school, said: “I was taken off in an ambulance.

“I was suffering quite a lot of discomfort in my neck and I was also in quite a bit of shock at the time.

“I was going to drive my husband’s Smart Ka that morning and if I had I probably wouldn’t be here.

“I’m thankful I’m home.

“It’s just upsetting having this happen around Christmas time and trying to sort out this aggro and worrying about getting in a car again.”

Lynne’s partner Matt Mears, 39, of Welwyn Garden City, said: “This hit-and-run driver left a mother with two children in a smashed up car.

“Lynne and Davinia could have been killed or seriously injured by that person.

“They have no moral standing whatsoever and sped off down the A414.”

Lynne’s car is a write-off and Davinia’s is also expected to be.

A police spokesman said: “Police were called at 8.14am on Tuesday, November 28, to reports of a collision on the A414 between the A1(M) roundabout and St Albans.

“The ambulance service also attended to treat minor injuries.

“Four vehicles were involved – a black Ford Kuga, a blue Audi A3, a Seat Leon and a blue Vauxhall Vectra.

“The Vectra made off from the scene but officers would like to trace the driver to ensure that they are OK and to establish exactly what happened.

“If you believe you have seen a vehicle matching this description with damage, please contact Hertfordshire Constabulary on 101, quoting ISR 124 of November 28.”

The Vectra was a sky blue hatchback.

It is not known whether it was a man or woman driving it.

It is thought the registration contains an S and 09: S*09 ***

Davinia said: “This car suffered significant damage and would not have travelled far.”

Matt, who designs health care installations, added: “Somewhere, someone will have seen that smashed up car.”

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