Police appeal as Paisley hit-and-run puts road.cc reader in hospital

Alun Gifford sustained broken collarbone and other injuries in incident early on Saturday morning

A road.cc reader from Scotland was the victim of a suspected hit and run in the early hours of Saturday morning, resulting in him sustaining a broken collarbone and head injuries and needing surgery.

Alun Gifford, who has had videos of close passes published in our Near Miss of the Day series, was found lying in Glasgow Road, Paisley at 0430 hours on Saturday 14 September after people living nearby heard a bang and went to investigate.

Yesterday evening, Alun emailed us a link to an STV report of the incident as he waited to be operated on for his injuries.

He said: “As a wee point of interest I’m the victim! Currently in hospital awaiting my op for the shoulder.

“Pulled muscles etc in hip region, bruised ribs, loads of road rash on left side. No idea what state bike is as at station but all kit destroyed.

“Apart from all that I seem to be doing well!”

All of us at road.cc wish Alun a very speedy recovery from his injuries.

Inspector Tracy Harkins of Paisley Police Office appealed for information that could help officers piece together what happened.

She said: '"We are unsure at this time what type of vehicle was involved in the accident and it may be that the driver is unaware that he struck the cyclist.

"It is imperative that anyone driving in Glasgow Road around the time in question comes forward if they recall seeing the victim on his bike or if they observed the accident occurring.

"Thankfully the victim appears to be making a good recovery, however, he is still detained in hospital receiving treatment.”

Anyone with information is requested to contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting incident number 0781 of 14 September, or the charity, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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