Man recovering after being crushed as he changed a tyre
A POPULAR cricketer is recovering in intensive care after he was crushed between two vehicles in Bradley Stoke.
Stuart Luff, 45, had picked his daughter up from a dance class at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre when he realised his car had a puncture.
He started to change his wheel and rang a friend for help.
His friend parked his car just behind Mr Luff's on Bradley Stoke Way and was standing on the pavement when another car collided with it, pinning Mr Luff between the two parked vehicles.
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Mr Luff was rushed to Frenchay Hospital with crushing injuries to both legs.
The father-of-three was last night still in intensive care, having just had a third operation on his legs since the incident, which happened at around 6.45pm last Tuesday.
Insurance worker Mr Luff believes he will walk again but has told his family he is unsure whether he will be able to return to the sport he loves.
His family told The Post they have been inundated with messages of support for the popular cricketer, an all-rounder for Bishopston Cricket Club, which is based at Westbury Fields. Mr Luff was the team's captain for four years, and has also previously played for Old Bristolians/ Westbury and Frenchay.
He also plays football for Sneyd Park in the Downs League. Mr Luff lives in Kingfisher Close, Bradley Stoke, with his partner Debbie and children Ellie, 11 and Tyler, nine.
He also has a step-son, Shannon, who is 21.
Mr Luff's parents, David and Janet, live in Westbury-on-Trym.
Mr Luff followed in his dad's footsteps when it came to playing cricket, with both having trials for Gloucestershire County Cricket Club in their youth.
Mr Luff's mother told The Post: "His family are obviously very upset about what has happened but we have received so much support.
"So many cards and messages have been coming through the front door, and his team mates can't wait to visit him once he comes out of intensive care.
"After the accident he wasn't sure whether he would play cricket or even walk again but now he is much more positive and we hope he will make a good recovery."
She said the surgeon who carried out the latest operation yesterday believed it had gone well, adding: "It's a long haul but we have got him back now and that's all that matters."
Police have called on anyone with information about the crash, which happened at the junction of Bradley Stoke Way and Fiddlers Wood Lane, to call PC 2605 Lambert on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.