Cyclist injured in hit and run incident
AN experienced cyclist who has represented Britain in the triathlon has spoken of his anger at being left in the road at Mullacott with a fractured pelvis after being knocked off his bike. The silver grey pick-up truck did not stop after it was in collisi
AN experienced cyclist who has represented Britain in the triathlon has spoken of his anger at being left in the road at Mullacott with a fractured pelvis after being knocked off his bike.
The silver grey pick-up truck did not stop after it was in collision with Mike Culley, aged 68, as he cycled across Mullacott Roundabout on Friday at about 3.30pm.
In great pain and hardly able to move he was helped home to Ilfracombe by cycling companion Stephen Gussin, who had been riding in front. Later that day Mike was taken by ambulance to hospital, where doctors discovered he had suffered a hairline fracture of his pelvis.
Mike, a former ironman and world triathlon competitor who still swims and cycles competitively, is facing a three-month lay-off but is equally furious at the apparent disregard of the driver following the incident.
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"He came right up the side of me and his wing mirror clipped my arm. One minute I was riding, the next I was looking up at the sky. He must have seen me; my jacket is bright yellow, and I had a matching helmet," said Mike, who has been cycling for more than 30 years.
The vehicle was described as similar to a Ford Ranger or Nissan Navara with a hard top shell and police have appealed for the driver to come forward.
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A spokesman said it was not clear whether the driver had been aware of the collision.
Police are also keen to speak to the driver of a red Toyota Celica who was following behind who stopped and said he had seen what happened, but no contact details were exchanged.
Mike founded North Devon Triathlon, is a member of North Devon Wheelers and still swims some 20,000 metres every week.
He has represented Great Britain twice in the triathlon
Anyone who stopped at the scene of the incident on Friday or who has any information is asked to contact MPC Tom Kerr via 08452 777444.