A cyclist in Gateshead has sustained a broken pelvis following a suspected hit-and-run incident last Sunday which police are treating as assault.
Northumbria Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident, which they say happened on Sunderland Road shortly after 1pm on Sunday 19 April.
The 56-year-old male cyclist was knocked off his bike, breaking his pelvis.
The motorist is then said to have driven off towards the Five Bridges roundabout.
Detective Constable Stephen Patterson of Northumbria Police said: “This is clearly a very dangerous incident that could have resulted in a very serious injury.
“A car has been described to have intentionally hit a cyclist which we are investigating as an assault.
“This type of behaviour is totally unacceptable, and we will deal with anyone found to have been involved robustly.
“I would ask any members of the public who witnessed what happened, or who have any information that can help with our investigation, to get in touch.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police via the Tell us something page on their website quoting reference 453 190420.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.