Police appeal after East Yorkshire hit and run leaves cyclist in critical condition

Driver sought after Saturday crash

A cyclist from the East Yorkshire town of Driffield is in critical condition in hospital after a hit and run collision with a car on Saturday morning.

Humberside police are appealing for witnesses to the crash, which happened at approximately 09:50 on Saturday, March 21 outside Yorkwold Pigpro on the road between the B1249 and Kilham, known locally as Pockthorpe Lane.

The 51-year-old man was found laying on the road by a passing motorist after the car which hit him is thought to have been driven away from the scene without the driver leaving any details.

Police say they are keen to trace the driver of a dark coloured medium sized car, possibly a saloon or hatchback, which left the scene heading towards the Kilham area moments after the incident.

The cyclist was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary by air ambulance where he remains in a critical condition with head injuries and a number of fractures to the upper body.

Anyone with information about the collision or the vehicle involved is asked to contact Humberside Police on the non-emergency number 101 referring to log 187 of 21 March 2015.

Acknowledged by the Telegraph as a leading cycling journalist, John Stevenson has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc editor Tony Farelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined road.cc in 2013 and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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