A BRANKSOME man says he is lucky to be alive after the car he was driving was hit head-on before the other vehicle fled the scene.

Jason Miles, 42, was turning into Princess Road from Bourne Valley Road at around 4.30pm on Saturday when he says a car, being driven by a young male, drove at speed into his path.

It caused his blue Mazda RX-8 to spin off the road uncontrollably, landing on the pavement, before the other car sped off.

Mr Miles says that he is lucky to have walked away with only minor injuries from the crash.

He said: “I could’ve died and he couldn’t care less.

"I had blood gushing all down my face. It was quite surreal. Everybody panics but that's not the way to do things.

"When I started my turn, the car was under the bridge, and as I was turning it must have been three seconds later when it hit me. There was a bang and the car just span right round.

"I thought that he was going to stop, but he just drove off.”

His partner, Katrina Grimason, 39, said: “When Jason asked me to bring him home, he just broke down. He was really shaken up.

“I don’t know why they didn’t stop to see if he was alright. To see him like that and then to drive off is upsetting.”

She said Jason’s car is his ‘pride and joy’ but they believe it will be classed as a write-off due to the extensive damage caused to it.

Mr Miles said that there were two young lads in the car, one of which had short hair and a beard, and estimated that the driver was aged around the mid-twenties.

He has also passed the first part of the other car’s number plate to the police, as that was all he could see before it drove off and believes the car was gold-coloured.

However, a member of the public has contacted him through Facebook to say that they saw a man next to a silver car on Poole Road, matching the description given, who was checking the front bumper, which was ‘hanging off.’

A spokesperson for Dorset Police said there is an ongoing investigation into the crash.

However, they added that there was no line of enquiry to pursue without details of Mr Miles providing a full number plate, CCTV being provided or unless an independent witness came forward.

Anyone with information should contact Dorset Police on 101, quoting incident number 17:285.