In upcoming episodes of Coronation Street, we’ll see Sophie Webster (Brooke Vincent) being left fighting for her life after she’s hit by a car, having saved Ryan Connor’s life by pushing him to safety out of the path of the oncoming vehicle.
And to make matters worse, because Ryan’s (Sol Heras) drunk and high on drugs, he flees from the scene of the accident, leaving Sophie unconscious and critically injured, lying in the road.
So understandably, when Sophie’s dad Kevin finds out about Ryan’s cowardly actions, he’s furious and seeks out the young lad.
Speaking to Soaplife about the plotline, Michael Le Vell, who plays mechanic Kevin, explained his character’s rage.
He began by explaining, “Kevin’s having a quick pint in the Rovers and his phone goes.
“He’s shocked to hear the hospital explain that Sophie has been involved in a serious accident and rushes off to be with her…
“She’s unconscious and he’s scared to see how bad it is.
“The hospital tell him Sophie was with a young man when she was hit by a car and ask him if he knows who it might have been, but he has no idea.”
Things go from bad to worse when the doctors tell Kevin and Sophie’s mum Sally (Sally Dynevor) that their daughter could be paralysed for life.
Michael said, “Kevin’s absolutely devastated. The doctors tell him that Sophie has suffered a fracture to her spine and they will only know whether there’s any significant nerve damage once they operate.
“But the operation itself is risky because they’ll be working so close to Sophie’s spinal cord.
“This news tears Kevin’s world apart. It’s his worst nightmare and the last thing any parent wants to hear about their child.
“Sophie knows nothing about her condition yet, as she’s till sedated.”
When asked if Sophie tells them what happened once she regains consciousness, Michael said, “Under pressure she admits she was with Ryan and he was being stupid and playing in the road.
“But she doesn’t want to involve the police and she begs Kevin and Sally not reveal Ryan’s identity.
“Kevin is incredulous and wonders what type of friend would leave Sophie lying unconscious in the road.”
Michael added of Kevin’s reaction, “He reacts in typical Kevin style and rushes straight round to have a Kevin-type conversation with Ryan.
“In other words, he lets his fists do the talking! I think venting his anger certainly helps Kevin.
“Violence is not the answer, but in this instance Kevin feels justified in lashing out. It certainly gives Ryan a lot to think about.”
Finally, when asked, “Will this bring Sally and Kevin closer together?” Michael replied, “It might do! It’s the million dollar question that everyone asks me: are Kevin and Sally going to get back together?”
Don’t miss that drama next week.