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Appeal after 15-year-old cyclist knocked down in Mountdale Gardens, Leigh
A 15-YEAR-OLD boy was left bleeding by the side of the road after a hit and run driver crashed into him.
At 3.20pm, he was cycling up the hill when he was overtaken and struck from behind - sending him flying into a parked car at about 20mph.
The impact caused him to break the wingmirror off the parked car and he suffered cuts, bruises and a concussion.
Mum Carol, of Belgrave Road, Leigh, said Ben was a competent cyclist who had been left shaken by the crash.
She said: “He is a very able and careful cyclist. He has been cycling for years, he does 50 miles on a Saturday.
“The front wheel of Ben’s bike is completely buckled. The driver must have known he hit someone because there would have been a noise.”
Families walked past Ben as he was sitting on the road with his crumpled bike and didn’t stop to ask if he was alright but a young man, in his Twenties, came over to help.
He phoned his mum who rushed down and took him straight to Southend Hospital A&E.
Mrs Cockrill, 51, said an earlier injury, caused when Ben fell from a pole vault when he was in Year 7 at school, may have been exacerbated by the impact of the crash even though he was wearing a helmet.
She said: “He hasn’t broken anything but he isn’t great, he had a brain injury a few years ago and he has got concussion and a really bad headache.”
Mrs Cockrill and her husband, Gary, thanked the passer-by who stopped to see if Ben was ok and a neighbour in Mountdale Gardens who took in the damaged bike while he was taken to hospital.
The police are asking for anyone with information about the crash, which happened on Friday, September 28, to call officers on 101.
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