A West Sussex cyclist left injured at the roadside in a hit and run incident last Thursday has appealed for the driver of the vehicle involved to hand himself in to police.
Warehouse worker James Walby, aged 29, was riding home from work on 3 November on the A24 at Broadbridge Heath near Horsham when he was struck by a vehicle, throwing him more than 20 feet onto a grass verge, reports The Argus.
The cyclist, who comes from Worthing, was wearing hi-visibility clothing and had working lights on his bicycle, and suffered cuts and bruises to his legs as well as a dislocated shoulder in the incident. He had only started undertaking his 50-mile round trip commute by bike at the start of the week.
“I thought that was it and I remember thinking, ‘this is going to hurt’," he told the newspaper.
The Argus said that Mr Walby managed to flag down approaching traffic, with two men stopping to help contact police. He received treatment for his injuries in Worthing hospital and was allowed home later that evening.
Mr Walby appealed to the hit-and-run driver: “Do not be a coward and come forward.
"If I had hit someone I would stop and make sure they were okay. They might be at home thinking I am dead. I would be feeling guilty."
A spokeswoman for Sussex Police added: “We believe there is damage to the passenger side of a blue vehicle and we would ask anyone who has any information to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”
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.