The 15-year-old has spoken about how he ‘thought he was going to die’ when he was hit from behind by a car in Braunton, which then fled the scene.

A Braunton teenager is ‘lucky to be alive’ after a car knocked him off his bike and he was rendered unconscious.

Michael Holdsworth suffered multiple injuries, including a torn ligament in his shoulder, after being knocked off his bike in Wrafton Road, Braunton, on Wednesday.

The 15-year-old was cycling towards Wrafton Bridge at around 4.30pm, – which has a stone wall either side – when he noticed a car pull out right behind him.

He said: “It started to speed up so I tried to go faster; I remember getting hit from behind and just making it over the wall, at the time I thought I was going to die.

Wrafton Bridge. Picture: GoogleWrafton Bridge. Picture: Google

“I smacked the corner of my face on the concrete and was knocked out. I think I was out for about a minute; all I could see for about 20 minutes after that was black spots.”

Michael, who is studying GCSEs in history, geography, RE and PE, said he was helped by lady who lived nearby, and heard his head hit the floor.

The year 10 Braunton Academy student said he had to go to A&E and have a CT scan due to his head injury, and his shoulder is strapped up.

Mum Annemarie said her son might need physiotherapy to make a full recovery.

Police told Michael he was lucky to be alive – if he had gone over the wall, it might have been a different outcome.

Officers are yet to identify the vehicle, but believe it was a dark blue 4X4, which headed off in the direction of Braunton Academy.

Annemarie said she couldn’t understand why the driver had not stopped.

She said: “Why didn’t they stop and call an ambulance? They must have known they hit him, the wheel came off the bike.”

Michael’s dad Paul has managed to fix the bike, and while Michael is recovering from his injuries, his family hopes the driver will come forward.

“If they stopped and made sure I was okay, I wouldn’t be so annoyed,” added Michael.

Police want to hear from anyone who has any information about this incident. Email or call 101 quoting 612 10/05/17.

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