Rider faces big repair bill as insurers refuse to pay out unless driver identified

A cyclist from Epsom who suffered six broken ribs in a hit and run incident earlier this month is appealing for help in tracing the driver of the car involved, which is believed to be a black Ford Focus.

Craig Hughes, aged 24, was thrown from his bike when he was struck by the car as he negotiated a roundabout on Kiln Lane close to a Sainsbury’s supermarket, reports the Epsom Guardian.

The cyclist, who works at a local pharmaceutical company, said: "I was on the roundabout and had right of way and the woman was joining the roundabout and I think she didn’t see me but was looking at the car behind me.

"She basically took out the back of my bike and made very strong contact with the back forks in the wheel.

"I was knocked off my bike and I have had six ribs broken, a bit of whiplash and scrapes and bruises."

He added that witnesses had seen the driver stop briefly approximately ten metres from the point where he was hit and then drive away.

Mr Hughes say witnesses saw the driver, of what he thinks was a black Ford Focus, stop momentarily 10 metres from the incident, before driving off.

Mr Hughes had only had his bike, which cost £1,000 for a week, but faces a repair bill totalling hundreds of pounds as a result of damage to his rear wheel and the frame.

From the newspapaer report it appears that Mr Hughes needs to trace the driver so he can claim against her insurance, with the Epsom Guardian saying he "cannot claim through insurance as the driver has failed to come forward."

"The initial thought was 'how unlucky can you be',” he reflected.

"At the time I was probably more worried about my bike than myself.

"I know the risks of riding my bike.

"I commute every day to work and I take every safety precaution.

"If the person had stopped and showed some remorse I would have been fine with it but the fact that she drove off and didn’t really care, I’m pretty hacked off about to be honest."

Besides the damage to the bike, identifying the driver involved would also presumably help Mr Hughes pursue a possible claim for personal injury.

The newspaper did not report what action, if any, the police have taken in connection with the incident.

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.