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Guy Ritchie's half-brother in Gloucester hit and run agony

By The Citizen  |  Posted: November 10, 2012

  • Kevin Baynton

  • Kevin Baynton in Frenchay Hospital in Bristol

Hollywood director Guy Ritchie's half-brother faced having his foot amputated after he was hit by a car in Gloucester.

In a scene akin to one of his sibling's movies, Kevin Baynton was thrown across the bonnet of his own car and ended in a heap on the ground.

The 53-year-old looked down to see his right foot twisted completely around.

"I remember rolling across the road and thought it was curtains for me," he said.

"I looked down and saw my foot was the wrong way. It basically demolished the ankle. It wasn't like in the movies; there was hardly any blood but it hurt."

A man has since been arrested by police in connection with the incident, which happened near Gloucester Quays when he was on his way home from Weston-super-Mare with work colleagues from Limitless Marketing.

The crash happened just metres from his Parliament Street home and girlfriend Maxine O'Neil also dashed to his side.

The former soldier was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, where doctors snapped his ankle back into place. He was then transferred to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol and has undergone three operations as surgeons fought to save the foot by keeping the blood supply flowing.

Kevin said: "If they couldn't get it sorted they were going to have to have to chop it off."

Doctors believe a skin graft has now successfully taken and Kevin was due to be back home yesterday.

Kevin has lived in Gloucester since 1986. He and Ritchie share a mother but Kevin was adopted as a child. He met the director for the first time in 1997, before his film Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels was released.

He said his famous sibling called on Thursday to check he was OK.

A 29-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and bailed until January 4.

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