Help find ‘hit and run’ driver who left Barnstaple man for dead
PUBLISHED: 15:24 05 September 2017 | UPDATED: 08:36 06 September 2017
Father-of-one overcoming serious injuries as wife renews appeal to catch culprit.
The wife of a Barnstaple man seriously injured in a suspected hit-and-run has urged people to come forward with any information to help police catch the culprit.
Peter Sibley, 32, was discovered lying on the side of the A361, between the ‘Barnhenge’ roundabout and the North Devon Link Road in the early hours of Sunday, August 27.
Police originally said he’d been found on Eastern Avenue but this was incorrect.
The father-of-one was left with a fractured pelvis and lacerated kidney and is recovering at home in Sticklepth.
Wife Jess said he was lucky to be alive.
“He’s angry, upset and this has really knocked his confidence; it’s really shaken him up and he’s keen to figure out what happened.
“I’m angry that someone could have done this; it’s so sad because Pete is the nicest guy and wouldn’t hurt anyone.
“It’s affected his life and that of other people around him – me, our son and his work, all of which he loves.
“I just hope he makes a full recovery.”
Peter had been out in Barnstaple with friends planning to watch the big-money boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor at 5.15am but decided to leave before the fight started.
He jumped in a taxi outside the Bull & Bear in Mermaid Walk at 4.45am but was dropped off near his old address in Longmeadow Drive, rather than at the family home in Sticklepath.
Peter decided to walk home but appears to have taken a wrong turn at the Barnhenge roundabout and headed out towards the link road, rather than up Sticklepath Hill.
He was discovered at 7am and taken to North Devon District Hospital, and then to the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital.
“He doesn’t remember anything, only waiting to watch the fight and getting in the taxi,” said Jess.
“The next thing he remembers is coming around when the lady found him on the side of the road.”
Police have told Jess that they have ruled out an attack, and that the injuries are consistent with a road traffic collision. The injuries are all on the right hand side of Peter’s body, which seems to suggest he was struck by a vehicle travelling out of Barnstaple.
“Police are following up a few leads after the original appeal went out but I would urge anyone with any information to please come forward,” said Jess.
“Someone knows who did this; it was a busy night with the big fight and there will have been more people about than usual for that time in the morning.”
Peter is 6ft 2 and has a beard and dark spiky hair. He was wearing a khaki coloured T-shirt and pale blue jeans on the evening of the incident.
A police spokesperson said: “Police are appealing to the public to help piece together what happened from this point and to help trace his movements prior to being discovered with his injuries around two hours later.”
If you have any information please contact the Police on 101 or firstname.lastname@example.org quoting enquiry number EN/015285/17. Check log number – log263/27