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Mum left angry after daughter has leg broken following bike collision

November 22, 2020
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A mother has been left furious after her student daughter was hit by a cyclist who didn't stop and help her as she laid unconscious on the floor. 

The University of Nottingham student was walking with friends when she collided with a cyclist - suffering a fractured her shinbone up to her knee which required a bone graft, as well as plates and pins being inserted. 

The 19-year-old student, who doesn't wish to be named after suffering from anxiety due to the incident, was knocked unconscious near to the University Boating Lake after the collision.

It was reported the cyclist was more worried about his own bike, than stopping to help the distressed teenager. 

The student's mum received a call minutes after the incident whilst working in Birmingham. She was shocked to hear the news and felt helpless that she couldn't do anything.

The 35-year-old said: "I felt horribly hopeless when I took the phone call, although I wasn't too far away, I couldn't get over to Nottingham to go and look after her with the covid guidelines in place.

"It's a very stressful and distressing time. 

"The whole incident has affected her life. She's missed out on her studies and had planned to do voluntary work to help her with her degree. 

"Since the surgery she has been left with numbness around her knee and has been told surgery could have damage her nerve sensation causing the numbness and could take up to two years for the feeling to come back.

"She has been left with a big scar from the side of her knee down to her shin bone as a result of the incident. 

"She is managing well although she can’t sit for too long in the same position as it is uncomfortable and painful at times so she needs to take more breaks in-between her work. 

"The whole experience has made her feel very anxious too.

"She's had to go through quite a rigorous rehab programme and still struggling to put weight on her leg. It's going to be a couple more months until she's able to walk again. 

"I was absolutely shocked and so angry to hear that the cyclist didn't stop and show remorse. Instead he offered to pay for a taxi and then abused another lady who tried to help her. 

"I hope by releasing images of her injuries, it might help jog people's memories and we can find the man involved."

Nottinghamshire Police officers are now appealing for anyone who saw the incident to come forward to help with their enquiries. 

Police Constable Owen Lewis is leading the investigation. He said: "It was reported the cyclist hit the woman whilst travelling at speed.

"The victim was knocked unconscious and had to attend Queen's Medical Centre following the collision. She needed to have surgery after suffering broken bones in her leg, as well as suffering other cuts and bruises.

"It's hugely disappointing that the cyclist didn't stop and help the woman following the incident. I'd like to thank those members of the public who did come to her aid and ensure an ambulance was called. 

"The cyclist reportedly also came off his bike following the coming together and he reportedly said he couldn't stop as his brakes didn't work. He allegedly said 'you've broken my bike', with the girl on the floor in pain.

"We have now issued two images of the cyclist. We are aware they aren't the best quality, but we hope it might trigger someone's memory and they will ring us to help with our investigation. 

"If you recognise the man please call 101, quoting incident number 252 of 20 September 2020.

"The victim is making steady progress with her rehabilitation, but still in a lot of discomfort. She is expected to need further physiotherapy, with the hope she will gain full mobility next year. We wish her well in her future studies and also with her recovery."

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