Updated: Monday, 13th July 2020 @ 9:36pm

'You saved her life': Mum's praise as Man Uni student left for dead in taxi hit-and-run

'You saved her life': Mum's praise as Man Uni student left for dead in taxi hit-and-run

| By Andy Donley

A Manchester University student remains in critical condition after she was left for dead by a hit-and-run black cab driver in the early hours of the morning last weekend.  

Melissa Layla Lewis, a 22-year-old University of Manchester Masters' student, was left with serious head injuries after the incident, which occurred on Chester Street at around 4:45am on Sunday.

The London-born Political Economy student remains in hospital, whilst the 55-year-old driver of the vehicle has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of a collision.

Melissa’s mother, Lynda Canning-Lewis, travelled to be at her daughter’s side, and has remained there since.

She said: “I'd like to thank the person who rang the ambulance and thank them for not moving Melissa, probably saving her life. 

“Melissa had only just moved to Manchester to start her Master's Degree with her whole future ahead of her. 

“I'd like to thank the police in Greater Manchester and Yorkshire for their help.

“I'd also like to thank all the staff at the hospital and the University Of Manchester for their help and concerns for a student who was about to start with them.”

If you have information, ring Greater Manchester Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741.

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