Avon and Somerset police are appealing to local mechanics to help find the driver who left the scene after hitting 19-year-old cyclist Jake Gilmore in Bath on Saturday night. Jake later died of his injuries.
The police are asking garages and home-based mechanics to look out for someone who has asked for urgent repair work to be carried out to their car during the past 36 hours.
Jake Gilmore was seriously injured in a hit and run incident on Bath's Midland Road Bridge. The driver left Jake lying in the road with serious head injuries. He was found by a passer-by at 9.30pm and was taken to the Royal United Hospital in Bath but died later.
According to the Bath Chronicle, the scene of the crash has been marked with tributes including a bouquet from the Lamb and Lion pub, where Jake worked as a chef.
A spokesman for the pub said: "We are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Jake’s passing.
"Our thoughts go to his family and friends."
The card from pub staff said: “Jake, you’ll be missed. Love always, the team at the Lamb and Lion.”
The police are appealing for the public's help to trace the car, which is thought to have been damaged in the incident.
They would like to hear from anyone running a small garage business, or car body repair workshop, or a home-based mechanic who has been approached to carry out work to a damaged car sometime since Saturday night.
DI Charlotte Tucker, who is leading the investigation said: "We would also like to appeal to friends and family of someone who may have been involved in a road traffic collision which damaged their car on Saturday night.
"They may know of someone who is acting suspiciously or withdrawn, especially if asked about the damage to their car.
"We would urge these people – or the driver – to contact us urgently.”
Police also want to hear from anyone who was in the Midland Road Bridge area around 9-9.30pm on Saturday night.
Anyone able to help is asked to contact Bath CID on the force number 101.
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Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.
Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.
The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.