A MAN is fighting for his life after he was hit by a suspected drink driver as he left his local pub.
John Gibson, 35, is on life support at Leeds General Infirmary, after he was struck by a car as he left The Royal pub in Milnsbridge in the early hours of Wednesday, April 4.
Now, more than ten days on, his family have hit out at apparent delays in the police investigation.
Mr Gibson’s ex-partner, Michelle Whittall, says officers failed to launch inquiries into the suspected hit and run because of the Easter bank holiday weekend – a delay of more than SIX days.
Michelle, who is mother to Mr Gibson’s two sons, Jake, 15 and John, 18, said an officer admitted to her that nothing had been done because the officer in charge of the investigation was on leave.
Meanwhile, Mr Gibson, who has two broken legs, a broken shoulder, broken ribs and a host of internal injuries, has deteriorated in hospital and has been unable to come off his ventilator.
Mr Gibson, known as Gibbie to his friends, was initially taken to HRI and then transferred to St James in Leeds.
But when he was moved to LGI the day after the incident his condition worsened.
Doctors have found he has serious internal infections and his lungs have filled up with fluid.
They have admitted to his family that they are taking it day by day.
Police have arrested a 23-year-old woman on suspicion of drink driving but she has been released on police bail.
Michelle, who split from Mr Gibson five years ago, said she was gravely concerned for him for the sake of their children.
And she said she was furious at the lengthy delay and claimed vital evidence had been lost.
She said: “He’s in a bad way, he’s critically ill and not improving.
“It’s taken them nine days to put it in the paper and appeal for witnesses.