A rapper and NHS worker has revealed how a horrifying racist attack a year ago still haunts him as police issue a renewed appeal for information.
K-Dogg was walking home from a shift at Southmead Hospital in Bristol when he was hit by a car “driving erratically” and then racially abused.
The Bristolian suffered serious facial injuries he believes will scar him for life, but is also now still struggling psychologically following the incident, Bristol Live reports.
Despite four arrests by the police and a £5,000 reward on offer from the charity Crimestoppers, no one has yet been charged with the crime.
On Tuesday the case was highlighted on the BBC Crimewatch television program with police urging anyone with information to come forward.
On July 22, 2020, K-Dogg left work and went to catch his bus.
He told the programme: “I finished my shift around 4pm, I was catching a bus because I had football later on that evening.”
At the same time, a blue Honda Accord was seen “driving erratically” in the area, police say.
K-Dogg left the hospital and started walking up Monks Park Avenue.
Moments later, the blue Honda Accord turned into the same road, K-Dogg was unaware as the car passed the hospital and accelerated towards him.
He said: “The side of my face hit the windscreen of the car, and I ended up in a garden.”
Police say the attackers had deliberately driven into K-Dogg and then hurled racist abuse at him as he lay injured on the floor.
K-Dogg was rushed into hospital and needed emergency surgery. The incident has been treated as a case of suspected attempted murder.
He said: “When it happened, I thought it could have happened to anyone, but then with the racial abuse that got shouted, it just leads me to think that was the reason I got attacked.
“The first time I saw my face was when I came back home and I knew that the scarring would be on my face for the rest of my life.
“I was really angry, upset and emotional.”
A year later, the events of that day are still affecting K-Dogg and his family.
He said: “I would say physically, I am getting there with the recovery, but with regards to the mental side of it, I am nowhere near – I’ve still got a long way to go, but hopefully, I’ll come out the right end of it.”
K-Dogg, 21, works for the NHS as part of the Domestic Team at Southmead Hospital.
He said: “I do enjoy working there. I like to talk to people, and I’m on the wards all the time.
“Some people feel lonely, and I just go and have conversations with them.”
Superintendent Mike Buck from Avon and Somerset Constabulary also appeared on the TV appeal.
He said: “I believe K was attacked purely because of the colour of his skin.
“K had just finished his shift at Southmead Hospital, and he was just going home, and he was brutally attacked and had this abhorrent racial abuse shouted at him.
“The Blue Honda Accord is abandoned at the scene after hitting K.
“I need to know who the driver was, and who the passenger was.
“Somebody knows somebody who was acting suspiciously that day, and we really need to get justice, so please, do the right thing and get in touch.
“The injuries were horrific, but those psychological scars, he has to live with them for the rest of his life.”