A Badshot Lea man was hit by a suspected drink-driver and “left for dead” at the village crossroads last Friday night.

Nelson Richards was crossing Badshot Lea Road at 9.20pm when he was hit by a van outside the Chinese takeaway, which then sped off without stopping.

Mr Richards was found on the road by a passer-by, and after the arrival of paramedics and the police, was rushed to Frimley Park Hospital.

He suffered lacerations and serious swelling to his brain, and major bruising, but is recovering.

According to his wife Julie, Nelson had checked the traffic lights at the crossroads were red before crossing, but a van “spun round from the opposite direction” and left her husband “for dead”.

The Cricketers pub caught the sickening collision on its CCTV, and shared this with the police, resulting in an arrest.

A police spokesman said: “We were called to Badshot Lea Road at around 9.45pm on May 19, following reports of a collision between a pedestrian and the driver of a vehicle who had failed to stop at the scene.

“A man was attended to by paramedics at the scene and taken to hospital for treatment for serious injuries.

“A 66-year-old man from Farnham was arrested at his home later that evening on suspicion of driving while above the legal limit for alcohol and causing serious injury by careless driving.

"He has been released on police bail and our investigation remains ongoing.”