Biker dad thanks strangers after hit-and-run injury

PUBLISHED: 12:00 15 June 2013

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A WESTON father, who fell victim to a hit-and-run, has thanked the people who stopped to care for him - as police issue an appeal for the driver to come forward.

John was on the roundabout at junction 21 of the M5 when he was struck by the grey car and left on the carriageway in severe pain.

He said: “The car decided to go up the northbound exit slip and cut up in front of me. It took my front wheel away from me and caused me to crash and the person sped off.”

Luckily for John four other drivers stopped to make sure he was OK and one of them was trained in first aid.

They called the police and ambulance service and kept John warm until paramedics arrived.

He said: “It is despicable that someone should knock me off my bike and not make sure that I was OK. “But it was also heartening that so many people stopped and were willing to look after me.”

The group of rescuers even rearranged some of the traffic cones on the roundabout, which have been set up due to the Weston Package road works, to divert traffic away from the father-of-two and allow cars to still get onto the M5.

John said: “The paramedics told me if I had not been wearing a helmet I could have fractured my skull and it could have killed me.

“It’s despicable that someone holds human life in such a low regard.

“I’m really grateful to the people who stopped and my wife and family are so grateful they looked after me.

“It was really heart-warming and I just wanted to thank them.

“You have two extremes, someone that will drive off and all these people who stopped to help.”

John was taken to Weston General Hospital – which he praised highly - to get checked out and was told he had bruised ribs, abrasions to the hip, elbow and shoulder and pulled a few muscles.

He added: “I’m getting better. I have not been out on the bike since and it will make me more wary. I do not think I will be going to junction 21 again.”

Police are now appealing for the driver of the grey estate car to come forward and are asking for any other witnesses to the scene to call 101.

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