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