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Shocking CCTV footage has been released by Sussex Police of a pedestrian being left for dead in a plea for witnesses to come forward.
The 53-year-old victim can be seen waiting to cross the road before being launched violently into the air after being struck by a Fiat 500 in a high-speed hit-and-run incident.
A witness can be seen staring in apparent shock as the man is flung across Montague Place in the Kemptown area of Brighton.
In the aftermath of the incident the victim is sprawled motionless in the middle of the road, whilst passers-by are seen standing around in disbelief.
Sussex Police said the victim, who has not been named, suffered serious injuries but is now recovering.
Officers want help to trace the drivers of four vehicles, including a taxi, a silver van, a Ford Focus and a black parked car.
Sergeant Dan Pitcher said: "We are keen to speak to anyone who saw what happened or can give us information which will help with our investigation.
"The Fiat drove off, leaving the victim for dead, and clearly they would have known they had hit someone.
"The pedestrian, a man from Hove, suffered serious head injuries and is thankfully making a recovery."
The event occurred at 3.40pm on Thursday January 14.
Anyone with information is asked to call Sussex Police on 101, quoting Operation Northdown.