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‘The image of Garry lying in the road dying will haunt me forever’

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: October 06, 2013

  • 03/09/13 RTC Tribute - Uxbridge St,, Burton Flowers at the site where a Fatal RTC occured on the 02/09/2013 on Uxbridge St in Burton

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A WOMAN who was praised by a judge for her efforts to save the life a hit-and-run victim has today said she will be ‘haunted by the memory forever’.

Emma Watson opened her heart to the Mail about how she still sees the image of Garry Hobson who she valiantly tried to save after he was knocked down by drink-driver Rizwan Rafaqat (pictured) every single day in her head.

Mrs Watson said the 31-year-old, who was jailed for nearly seven years after he killed the pensioner and fled the scene, would face the ‘ultimate punishment’ of having to live with killing someone for the rest of his life.

The 35-year-old said: “I will never forget that day ad I suppose I will be haunted by the memory forever.

“It has been quite difficult since Mr Hobson died and every time I see a cyclist I see Garry and it takes me back to what happened.

“I know It will take time to get over what I saw and what happened but life goes on.

“I feel so sorry for the family as this is something that did not have to happen. It was simply heartbreaking.”

Mrs Watson was thrust into action on Monday, September 2 when Mr Hobson was knocked off his bike and seriously injured by Rafaqat in Uxbridge Street.

She gave him CPR and put him in the recovery position but the 68-year-old later died of his injuries at Burton’s Queen’s Hospital.

Judge Paul Glenn, who presided over the case at Stafford Crown Court, praised Mrs Watson’s actions during the trial.

Mr Hobson’s wife Molly, son Adrian, sister Kay Holloway and daughter-in-law Julie Hobson offered ‘special thanks’ to the good samaritan for her efforts.

Mrs Watson added: “I can only now hope that Rafaqat has learnt his lesson.

“At the end of the day, he will face the ultimate punishment by knowing for the rest of his life he has killed someone.”

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