Witness says he was so traumatised by the event he’s been forced to quit his job.
Chris Kilbride, a witness to Clark Carlisle’s suicide attempt, has spoken for the first time of how he thought the former Burnley star had died at the scene.
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The 24 year old father of two was on his way to work when the incident occurred and has told of how he had to swerve out of the way Carlisle’s blood soaked body lying on the road before stopping his car to try and help.
However, Kilbride also revealed that since the event he has been so traumatised by what he’s seen that he’s had to quit his job and suffers frequent flashbacks and nightmares.
“I can’t believe he survived. I expected him to pass away,” he said to Daily Mirror.
“I said to myself, ‘If he survives I would like to meet the man.’ I don’t have any hatred towards him. He did what he did because he was in a bad place.
“But the consequences of his actions have now put me in a similar place. I’m not angry at him. Everyone deals with things differently. But because he did that, I’ve now got to deal with it.”
Kilbride says he now can’t drive on the same stretch of road where the accident occurred and is in such a dark place he no longer feels he can support his children.
“The driver was absolutely hysterical. He kept saying, ‘He just walked out and jumped. I couldn’t do anything about it. I couldn’t stop.,” he said.
“He had glass in his eyes, he couldn’t open them. But I think he was trying to cry. I was trying to keep him calm and he was in a bad way.
“I can’t imagine what he is going through now. I’m going through hell so it must be so much worse for him.
“I used to work on a lot of farms in that area but I can’t drive down that road any more. I just break down whenever I pass the scene.”