A mother whose 11-year-old son was left with his leg in a splint after he was knocked off his bike in a hit-and-run incident has branded the adult cyclist involved in the incident as “an absolute disgrace.”
Morgan Day, aged 11, had been hoping to break into Worthing RFC’s under-12 first team, but his rugby is firmly on hold right now as he recovers from a chipped kneecap sustained in the incident last Wednesday morning.
The collision took place as Morgan rode to school last Wednesday morning close to the A259 in Rustington, Littlehapmpton, West Sussex.
The male cyclist involved, who is thought to be aged in his 30s, rode off without stopping to check whether the youngster was okay.
Morgan’s mother, Mia Day, told the Littlehampton Gazzette: “I’m just so angry. The man is an absolute disgrace.
“Morgan tried to go towards the edge of the path, but this man just knocked into him.
“Morgan went flying off his bike, over the handle bars, hitting the floor head-first.
“He was shaking like a leaf when I picked him up. I took one look at him and said, ‘A&E, right now’.”
After being treated at Worthing Hospital, the schoolboy’s leg is now in a splint, putting a brake on his rugby ambitions.
“He has been working so hard to get into the A team,” explained his mother. “This is a real set-back for him.
“He was just mortified. The man should be ashamed of himself,” she added. “If I’d have knocked a child down I would have gone straight back.”
Morgan, who plays at both scrum half and full-back, said: “It’s difficult. I wanted to get high in the team, but now I can’t play. It’s pretty annoying.”
His mother hopes that the cyclist may yet come forward to apologise. “I know he didn’t do it on purpose,” she said, “but I think the least he could do would be to say sorry for what he did.
“I can’t believe he wouldn’t have known Morgan had fallen down.”
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.