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Mum of NHS worker badly hurt in ‘racist hit-and-run’ says lives have been ruined

The mum of an NHS worker seriously hurt in an alleged hit-and-run being treated as racially-aggravated says their lives have been ruined.

Katungua Tjitendero, 21, had just finished his shift at a hospital in Bristol in July last year when he was hit by a dark blue Honda Accord.

Police said previously they are treating the incident as racially-aggravated due to the abuse shouted at the victim.

Four men were arrested following the alleged attack before being released under investigation.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary confirmed today that, so far, no one has been charged over the incident.

Katungua – known as K-Dogg – suffered a broken leg, nose and cheekbone and had to undergo hours of surgery to remove glass from his face.

He still suffers from some pain and undergoes therapy to help his mental recovery after the attack that allegedly took place in the Horfield area of the city.

Mum Hivaka Tjitendero told the BBC the incident has caused significant trauma for the family, and wants the culprits caught.

She said: “They are out there. We don’t know who they are. Whoever did that to my son has ruined our lives.

“How could a human being do that to another human being just because of the colour of his skin?

“I don’t know how you can just sit there and get on with your life while our lives have been in trauma.”

Katungua added: “Physically, I’m doing all right but I still get pains in my right leg. Mentally I’m just trying to concentrate on things that will improve me forward in life.

“I’ve obviously got to get on with my life. It’s definitely had a bad effect on me, I went through a traumatic experience and I nearly died.”

Bristol’s deputy mayor, Asher Craig, described the alleged attack as “appalling and sickening” at the time, with outrage breaking out across the city.

Katungua had been working at Southmead Hospital when the incident took place on Monks Park Avenue at around 4.30pm on July 22.

Det Ch Insp Mike Buck told the BBC: “They might have been friends with the people responsible back in July but those things can change. What I would say is do the right thing now.

“There’s not the evidence to charge people at this stage.

“Where we’re focusing now and have been for some time is on the forensic evidence but that’s quite a slow and delicate piece of work.”

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