The son of a Yorkshire cyclist who was seriously injured when he was pushed off his bike by a passenger in a passing car last Thursday has revealed his father is still waiting for an operation five days after the incident.
Dave Scargill of Wombwell, Barnsley, suffered injuries including two broken ribs, a fractured collarbone and a punctured lung in the incident on Bilham Lane in Hooton Pagnell, near Thurscoe, Rotherham, reports the Sheffield Telegraph.
The 58-year-old had been riding at a speed estimated at 30 miles an hour on a ride with fellow members of the Birdwell Wheelers cycling club when a passenger in a black Vauxhall Corsa pushed him off his bike, which was written off in the subsequent crash.
Scargill’s son Alan, aged 31, explained that doctors were still waiting to operate o his father, saying: “They are trying to drain fluids from his punctured lung.
“They aren’t going to let him out until he has been operated on and his lung is okay.
“He’s in a lot of pain. Hopefully the quicker they operate the better, because his shoulder is absolutely killing him.
“He just wants to get it over and done with.
“When I visit him I try to take his mind off things. He’s a bit upset about what happened so he doesn’t say much. He can’t believe it.”
The pair work together as self-employed gas fitters and Alan said that he was having to undertake extra jobs as a result of his father’s absence, saying: “We’re booked up for three to four weeks easily, and I’m trying to do every job.”
South Yorkshire Police are still appealing for information regarding the incident, which took place at approximately 7pm last Thursday evening of Thursday 23 August, and they can be contacted on 101, quoting incident number 973 of August 23.
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.