Derek Whyteside suffered a skull fracture and a brain bleed when he was attacked, his partner says.
The driver of the car and a passenger suffered only minor injuries.
Stores in Birmingham, Leamington Spa, Shrewsbury, Telford, Wolverhampton and Worcester are all set to close.
Aethelflaed, a warrior ruler almost lost to history, is being celebrated on the 1,100th anniversary of her death
Number-crunching points to a serious gender split at the heart of Midlands politics
Sunderland begin their first campaign in England's third tier for more than 30 years with a lunchtime kick off at home to Charlton Athletic.
Manchester United keeper Dean Henderson joins Sheffield United on a season's loan following his loan at Shrewsbury.
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