Police seek witnesses to collision as cyclist is left with broken back
POLICE are searching for the driver of a small gold car involved in a collision in Petersfield which left an elderly cyclist with a broken back.
Although luckily not paralysed, the 61-year-old cyclist suffered crushed vertebrae and is likely to remain in Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth for some time.
The incident occurred at around 10.45am on Saturday, September 29, at the junction of Station Road and Chapel Street, and police would like to speak to any witnesses to the incident.
The cyclist from Petersfield was riding his push bike along Station Road towards the train station when he collided with a gold coloured hatchback that had turned into Chapel Street.
The cyclist swerved and fell off his bike and the emergency services were called.
He was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital where it was discovered his back was broken.
The driver failed to stop at the scene of the collision.
PC Keith Tizard, from Alton police station, said: “I would like to speak to the driver of the car that was involved in this collision, or anyone who may know who the driver is.
“I would like to remind road users to please remember to look out for other cars, cyclists, pedestrians and vehicles when you are on the road.”
But despite this incident, which left the injured man’s family deeply distressed, Petersfield is generally a safe place for bikes, say local cyclists, who hope the tragic incident won’t deter other cyclists.
Jim MacDonald lives in the town and leads cycle rides for groups of friends and enthusiasts.
He said: “Overall it is a safe town to ride in, at whatever time. The more cyclists on the road the better, as more drivers will get used to them and drive accordingly.
“If there are fewer bikes, motorists won’t expect them to be there, so there could be more chance of an accident.”
Mike Knee lives in Dragon Street and rides his bike to work in Havant, and around the town.
He said: “Athough cyclists need to be aware of what’s happening around them, Petersfield is mainly fine.”
Those with information can contact PC Tizard at Alton by calling 101. Mini-Com users should call 18001 101. Anonymous information can be left on the Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555111.
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