A WOMAN whose car was damaged in a hit and run collision is urgently appealing for people who saw what happened to come forward.

Chelsea Gass-Jack, from Dalton, was driving to work near the Plumgarth’s roundabout when she claims she was hit from the back by a man driving a pickup truck.

The 26-year-old said she pulled into a layby to exchange insurance details with the man - but he pulled over and then sped off.

Miss Gass-Jack, who lives in Ainslie Street, said her grey Mini Cooper received between £4,000 and £5,000 of damage.

The learning disabilities nurse said she injured her collar bone and her back in the incident.

She is asking anyone with dashcam footage of the incident, which happened at around 6.30pm on Tuesday.

“I was driving to work and waiting at the junction when someone smacked into the back of me," she said.

“He got out of the car and said he would give me his details but he sped off and left.

“I didn’t realise how much my car was damaged because I had to keep driving as it was one-way.

“He just disappeared after going in the opposite direction after the roundabout.

“I would like anyone that was around the area that could possibly identify the other car to help by contacting the police.

“There’s nothing I can do about any of this because I haven’t got his registration.”

Miss Gass-Jack said the man was in his 50 or 60s and had grey hair.

“He looked like a farmer and had a cap on,” she said.

The driver has been appealing to repair garages to see if any cars are brought in with damage to the front left of the vehicle.

Summing up the impact of the collision on her, she said: “It’s just frustrating that he’s driven off when he knows that he’s done something wrong.

“I’ve lost nine years of no claims bonuses as well.”

Miss Gass-Jack’s car is currently being repaired and she has been driving a courtesy car since the incident.

Police said investigations were ongoing.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information that could lead to the identification of the other car can contact police by calling officers on 101.

Independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The punishment for driving away from the scene of a collision can come with a hefty punishment.

Offenders can receive between five and 10 penalty points or a stretch in prison of up to six months.