Hit-and-run driver 'left me for dead'

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The victim of a hit and run has appealed to the “cowardly” driver who left him for dead to hand himself in.

James Walby, 29, was cycling home from work along the A24 when he was hit by a vehicle and thrown more than 20ft.

He landed on a grass verge near the Broadbridge Heath flyover, suffering a dislocated shoulder and cuts and bruises to his legs.

The warehouse worker, from Worthing, said: “All I remember is there was this massive bang and I was flying through the air.

“I thought that was it and I remember thinking, ‘this is going to hurt’."

Mr Walby, of Victoria Park Gardens, was wearing high-visibility clothing and had his lights on when he was hit on Thursday, November 3.

They might be at home thinking I am dead.

James Walby

He had only started cycling the 50-mile round trip to work in Warnham, near Horsham, three days earlier.

Mr Walby waved at the oncoming traffic and two men stopped to help and called the police.

He was taken to Worthing Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries and allowed home later that night.

Appealing to the hit and run driver, he added: “Do not be a coward and come forward.

"If I had hit someone I would stop and make sure they were okay. They might be at home thinking I am dead. I would be feeling guilty."

A Sussex Police spokeswoman said: “We believe there is damage to the passenger side of a blue vehicle and we would ask anyone who has any information to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”

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5:56pm Tue 8 Nov 11

losdude says...

This is awful!?! a friend of mine witnessed a hit and run on the sevendials, can't believe some drivers can be so careless on the road and not even have the decency to stop and help.
This is awful!?! a friend of mine witnessed a hit and run on the sevendials, can't believe some drivers can be so careless on the road and not even have the decency to stop and help. losdude

5:56pm Tue 8 Nov 11

DougM says...

If this had been a case of a cyclist hitting a pedestrian all the usual bloated morons would be on here screaming for justice. Where are they now? Or do they all think that hit and run is an acceptable past-time?
If this had been a case of a cyclist hitting a pedestrian all the usual bloated morons would be on here screaming for justice. Where are they now? Or do they all think that hit and run is an acceptable past-time? DougM

8:30pm Wed 9 Nov 11

downfader says...

DougM wrote:
If this had been a case of a cyclist hitting a pedestrian all the usual bloated morons would be on here screaming for justice. Where are they now? Or do they all think that hit and run is an acceptable past-time?
They don't usually miss an opportunity to twist the knife, do they. Even on stories such as this.
[quote][p][bold]DougM[/bold] wrote: If this had been a case of a cyclist hitting a pedestrian all the usual bloated morons would be on here screaming for justice. Where are they now? Or do they all think that hit and run is an acceptable past-time?[/p][/quote]They don't usually miss an opportunity to twist the knife, do they. Even on stories such as this. downfader

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