52-year-old driver left in coma after being attacked by cyclist he almost doored

Police in Sussex are urging a “remorseful” cyclist who was involved in an apparent "bike rage" attack that left a driver in a coma to come forward.

The incident tool place on Sunday lunchtime on Portland Road in Hove when the 52-year-old driver apparently opened his car door into the path of three cyclists, causing them to take evasive action, reports the BBC.

One, who police describe as having thick stubble and wearing green cargo trousers, attacked the driver, who was later taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and then transferred to Hurstwood Park in Haywards Heath with serious head injuries.

Now, The Argus reports that police are calling for one of the other two cyclists to come forward after studying CCTV footage of the incident, which shows him apparently staying behind to help the victim after the other two had escaped.

Detective Sergeant Julian Deans, from Brighton and Hove CID, told the newspaper: “One of the cyclists stays to help the victim. It looks like he is feeling remorse about what happened. He then leaves the scene. “We would urge him to come forward,” he added.

Any witnesses to the incident are urged to call 0845 6070999 quoting Operation Globe.


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.