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Cyclist suffered fractured neck and broken legs in incident outside Brixton Underground station

The Metropolitan Police has issued an appeal for information after a cyclist in South London suffered a fractured neck and two broken legs when he was hit by a car in the early hours of Saturday morning. The driver of the car involved failed to stop.

The unnamed man, aged 44, was riding across a pedestrian crossing outside Brixton Underground station at 0015hrs on 15 March when he was hit by what police describe as "a dark or black car," pictured in the CCTV image above.

Police say that "these injuries were so serious they were initially treated as life threatening."

Detective Sergeant John Hartfree of the Metropolitan Police's  Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: "We need to locate the car involved and speak to the driver as soon as possible.

"The victim was left lying in the road having suffered very serious injuries. I would urge anyone who witnessed the collision or has any information, regarding the identity of the driver or whereabouts of the car to contact the Hampton Traffic Unit on 020 8941 9011 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 as a matter of urgency."

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.