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Tractor driver discovered rider's body near Dorrington at around 5am this mroning, say West Mercia Police...

West Mercia Police have appealed to a motorist to come forward after a cyclist was found dead in Shropshire this morning following what officers believe was a hit-and-run incident.

The rider, believed to be a 61-year-old man from Bayston Hill, was discovered by a tractor driver early this morning on the A49 at Dorrington.

A spokesman for the West Midlands ambulance service said they were called to the scene at 4.35am, adding: “On arrival, crews found a man lying on a grass verge with a bicycle nearby.

“Sadly, it quickly became apparent to ambulance staff that nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

Police believe the cyclist was involved in a collision with another vehicle and that the driver failed to stop.

They are appealing for the driver, as well as anyone else with information ,to contact them on 101 quoting incident number 063s of the 23rd June, or to get in touch with the charity, Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

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.

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balmybaldwin [175 posts] 2 years ago
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Bloody hell, poor farmer coming across that. Im guessing at that time in the morning the poor guy had been lying in the verge all night. V. Sad rip

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Simon E [2855 posts] 2 years ago
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RIP chap.

In my experience far too many people drive too fast on that stretch of the A49, even more so than other roads.

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arfa [807 posts] 2 years ago
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Hit and runs really wind me up. Very hard to not realise you have hit someone and a cowardly decision to drive off could be condemning someone to death. If I do get tetchy about obnoxious driving it is because it is one step away from the mentality of a hit and runners.
My thoughts are with the deceased and his loved ones.

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29erKeith [39 posts] 2 years ago
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So sad, as balmybaldwin said it's likely he was hit the night before and could well be alive today, had the cowardly driver stopped or even called the emergency services.

My thoughts are with the family.

RIP

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Das [243 posts] 2 years ago
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RIP. Thoughts to the family at this time.

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Doctor Fegg [143 posts] 2 years ago
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Very sad.

That's a horrid road and it makes me cringe every time I see people recommending it as a LEJOG route. It desperately needs some cycling improvements, even if just to help people avoid it - a signalised crossing at All Stretton, a roadside path between Craven Arms and Affcot, another between Marshbrook and Little Stretton.

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S13SFC [136 posts] 2 years ago
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It's an awful stretch of road that we've learned to avoid.

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SuperG [112 posts] 2 years ago
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Sad news, RIP.

The A49 is a terrible road, one to avoid.
How anyone can hit another person and not stop is unbelievable

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Jimmy Ray Will [516 posts] 2 years ago
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Its a sad reflection of the society in which we live... most of us don't do things because of what it means if we get caught, not any particular inner goodness.

Hit and runs demonstrate this perfectly. you don't do things because of what happens if you get caught, but then it happens anyway... you hit someone.

What now? are you honest and give yourself up and effectively surrender your own life at the same time as the life you have just taken, or simply drive away... safe in the knowledge that you've got away with it

It disgusts me, but I can understand the decision.

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anarchy [100 posts] 2 years ago
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Avoid A roads

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daviemurphy [1 post] 2 years ago
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such a sad story, I've been haunted by this for 2 days now. how anyone could do this and leave the poor guy to suffer in the middle of nowhere is beyond comprehension. to help catch the offender, i'm hoping the has been covered by local press more than the nationals, who just seem obsessed by the world cup bite today.

My heart goes out to the cyclists friends and family. For what it's worth, I'm thinking of you.