Birmingham cyclist in horror hit and run crash on North Sea Coast route to Edinburgh

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Jack Evans has been left mentally scarred by the crash and unable to get back on the road on his bike as police appeal for witnesses

Keen Brummie cyclist Jack Evans was enjoying a magnificent rise through some of Britain’s best scenery as he followed the North Sea Coast cycle route.

He had entered the final 5km of his ride from Scarborough to Sunderland on his way to his finish line in Edinburgh when disaster struck. The 29 year-old was approaching a traffic island and had moved towards the middle of the lane when his ride took a terrifying turn.

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The cycling journalist was knocked from his bike by a motorist and feared he would be dragged under the car on March 15. He said: “I noticed an unusual black car behind me. I glanced down at my bike computer and I was travelling at 17mph when I suddenly felt like I had been hit from behind.

"It was absolutely terrifying and I felt like I was being pushed along. The next thing I remember is sliding off the bonnet and flying towards a wall. I’m not sure whether I hit it, but the next thing I recall is being sat on the pavement in a lot of pain and seeing the black car disappearing off into the distance. It’s a miracle I didn’t go under the car.”

Fortunately a paramedic by the name of Hannah was returning from her shift, and while she didn’t see the collision, she stopped to assist Jack and call him an ambulance.

Also driving past not long after the incident was Jack’s dad, Hew, who was due to meet him in Sunderland and was “shocked” to see his stricken son on the roadside.

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Jack was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital and despite having cuts down his left-hand side, x-rays revealed he had suffered no broken bones. After spending 24 hours in hospital, where he also underwent an MRI scan, Jack was eventually discharged to return back to the Midlands.

However he has been left mentally scarred by the ordeal. Jack, who works as a cycling journalist, said: “It was a horrifying experience and I was ridiculously lucky to come out of this with use of all my limbs. I’ve started using my indoor trainer again but I’ve not been back out on my bike since the incident. I just don’t feel psychologically ready.”

Keen cyclist, Jack Evans.Keen cyclist, Jack Evans.
Keen cyclist, Jack Evans.

Jack has urged anyone who saw the reported collision to come forward and speak with the police. He said: “The next person might not be so lucky and so if anyone saw anything then please contact the police.”

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “Shortly before 4.40pm on Wednesday, March 15, police received a report of a collision involving a car and a man on a pedal cycle on the corner of Victoria Avenue in Grangetown, Sunderland.

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“Officers attended and the driver of the car had already left the scene and not left any details. The man from the pedal cycle, aged 29, was taken to hospital to be checked over.

“Enquiries are ongoing and anyone who saw what happened or has information is asked to contact Northumbria Police using the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of our website or by calling 101 and  quoting reference NP-20230315-0813.”

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