A HIT-AND-RUN driver smashed into the back of a nurse's car then left her stranded by the roadside with whiplash.
Diane Roberts, of Farm Road, Weaverham, is appealing for witnesses to come forward in an effort to catch the culprit.
Mrs Roberts was on her way home from a shift at Leighton Hospital at 3.50pm on Sunday when the car in front of her braked to let a pheasant pass.
The 49-year-old also slowed down, but the man driving the silver hatchback behind her slammed into the back of her silver Ford Fiesta Encore.
She said: 'I was in shock. I didn't know what to do. He came up to me and asked if I was all right. I said I wasn't - my neck and back were hurting.'
Mrs Roberts joined the mystery driver in inspecting the damage to her rear bumper. They were about to swap insurance details when the man made a run for it.
'I went back to the car to get paper,' said Mrs Roberts. 'I was in absolute agony. He said he had to move his car up the road - and he just drove off.'
A shocked Mrs Roberts returned to Leighton, where doctors told her she could have a muscular injury. On the way, she almost got enough of a look at the culprit's car to take his number - but he turned off into Warmingham Lane.
Now Mrs Roberts faces a spell off work. 'I don't know how long I'll be off,' she said. 'It could be a week, it could be two.'
She said the man was about 5ft 8in tall and slim, with reddish-brown hair and a thin face.