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Man suffers permanent eye damage after egg is thrown from a car

A lorry driver has been left with permanent damage after an egg thrown from a passing car smashed into his eye.

Vytautas Kilius had left his flat to nip to the shop to buy some food. After walking back the 31-year-old was getting his gate keys out of his pocket when he was hit in the face with the egg.

A fragment of the broken egg shell went into his left eye and had to be removed by doctors who have told him he may never recover after damage was caused to his eye muscles.

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Mr Kilius, who had to take a month off work following the incident, said: “I now wear sunglasses during the day because all light is sensitive to me.

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“I’ve been told that I can use eye drops but I will have to use them for the rest of my life. I am still able to drive but the vision in my left eye is never going to 100 per cent again.”

The incident happened in Albert Street in Newark, opposite the RSPCA charity shop, at around 7pm on 17 October 2021.

It’s believed the egg was thrown by the occupant of a white van that was driven towards Beaumond Cross.

Police are continuing with their investigation into the incident, including checking CCTV footage, and are appealing for anyone who has information to come forward.

Mr Kilius added: “It all happened really fast. All of my family have been worried about me since it happened.

“I think the egg might have been thrown at me just as a joke but jokes can go wrong. The people who do these sort of things need to realise the impact they can cause and what victims could have to put up with for the rest of their lives.”

Police Constable Rob Nelson, from Nottinghamshire Police, said: “The person who committed this crime may have thought it was a joke, but their actions have resulted in the victim receiving permanent damage to his eyesight. This has had a hugely detrimental impact on his life.

“The area where this incident occurred is a busy part of Newark. To help us with our ongoing investigation I’m urging anyone with any information to please come forward.

“Did you see the vehicle that the egg was thrown from? Did you see anyone in the vehicle? Have you overheard anyone talking about committing this crime?

“There may also be people who were driving in the area around this time who may have recorded dash-cam footage of the incident or people who have CCTV footage which could assist us.

“I would urge anyone with any information to come forward and help us find the person responsible.”

Anyone with any information is urged to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 537 of 18 October, or call Crimestoppers  anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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