22nd Oct, 2019

West Mercia PCC offers best wishes to 'selfless' Ben Perry who lost his leg in M42 crash

Lorna Morris 20th Mar, 2018

THE WEST Mercia PCC has offered his best wishes to a brave special constable who lost his leg after being hit by a car on the M42 near Bromsgrove whilst helping another motorist.

Ben Perry, a member of West Mercia Police Special Constabulary, suffered life-changing injuries after stopping to help a vehicle which had struck the central reservation between Junction 2 (Hopwood) and Junction 1 (Bromsgrove) March 9.

The 23-year-old had pulled onto the hard shoulder and got out to offer assistance to the driver, who was still in his vehicle, but was hit by a passing car and thrown into the carriageway.

Members of the public rushed to his aid and he was taken to Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he remains in a stable condition.

Ben lost his right leg below the knee, broke his left ankle in two places, suffered lung and chest trauma and has undergone three lots of surgery.

He will require further surgery and will remain in hospital for the foreseeable future.

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said: “My thoughts are with Ben and his family, and I wish him well with his recuperation.

“He acted selflessly, facing potential dangers, in order to help others, yet another example of the work of our volunteers, which I always find so very humbling.

“As part of my behind the badge campaign, I am calling for people to see the person behind the uniform and this is an outstanding example of someone going above and beyond to help others”

A JustGiving page, with a fund-raising target of £10,000, has been set up by national Facebook page, Complete Traffic.

West Mercia Assistant Chief Constable Martin Evans said “Ben acted to protect people from harm and his selfless actions are a credit to the force. He has paid a high price for going to the public’s aid and our thoughts are with him and his family.”

Others including Special Chief Officer Nick Marlow have praised Ben’s dedication and selflessness.

Ben said: “I’m blown away by the kindness and support received.

“My biggest worries is not being able to go on duty again after my injury as I love it so much.”

Visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/benperry to donate.

The Standard covered the story last week, click here to read more.

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