A DAUGHTER is appealing for the public’s help to find out just how her mother ended up in hospital with broken bones, black eyes and severe bruising.

Rebecca Eley, 59, was rushed to hospital following a “possible fail-to-stop collision” near her Poole home.

It is understood she had started to cross Bournemouth Road near Castle Hill when the crash took place.

The retired teacher can remember seeing a pair of headlights coming towards her but after that the next thing she recalls is waking up in hospital.

The incident left Ms Eley, a grandmother of eight, with a broken shoulder, fractured hand, two black eyes and bruises all over her body.

Her daughter Bianca Hanley is hoping members of the public can help the family find out exactly what happened.

“She was taken to hospital but her phone got smashed so she had no way of contacting us,” said Ms Hanley.

“I found out when a friend knocked on my door and said my mum was in hospital. I was completely shocked.

“It was really upsetting when I saw her so hurt in hospital. I couldn’t believe she was in so much pain.

“I can’t understand how anyone could hit someone with their car and just drive off.”

Ms Hanley said the family do not know who called the ambulance service following the incident, which is believed to have taken place between 8pm and 9pm on Saturday, February 29. Police are investigating after being made aware of Ms Eley’s injuries two days later.

“We do not know who called the ambulance service – it might have been the person who hit her or someone who saw her afterwards,” said Ms Hanley.

“We want to find out what happened and hopefully the person who did it will come forward or someone who saw something.”

A Dorset Police spokesperson said enquiries are being carried out to work out the full circumstances. No arrests have been made.

“We were called on Monday, March 2, to a report that a woman in her 50s had been injured in a possible fail-to-stop collision on Bournemouth Road in Poole on Saturday, February 29. Police were not notified at the time.

“The ambulance attended and took the victim to hospital for treatment. The victim sustained a fractured hand, broken shoulder and bruising to her eyes and head.”

Anyone with information should contact Dorset Police on 101, quoting 55200033083.