Cyclist left for dead after Twickenham hit and run

First published in Richmond News by

A man is fighting for his life after a being mown down in a hit and run in Twickenham.

Police and emergency services descended on the junction of Heath Road and Clifden Road at around 8am yesterday morning after a cyclist was left for dead by a driver of a silver car, thought to be a BMW.

The 25-year-old, who has yet to be named, was taken to West Middlesex hospital and was initially able to sit up and talk. However his condition rapidly deteriorated and he was rushed to a specialist unit at Charing Cross hospital.

The man, who was not wearing a helmet at the time of the incident, suffered a double fracture of the skull and his condition is still said to be serious.

A spokesman for Richmond police said: “Traffic must have been very busy at that time of the morning and someone must have seen something.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Jacobi at Twickenham police station on 020 8247 7225 quoting reference CAD alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Do you know the victim? Contact the newsdesk on 0208 744 4261.

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2:27pm Thu 23 Oct 08

tinkmybell says...

How can anyone hit a cyclist - or anyone else - and then just run away? I hope someone comes forward with details on the cowardly driver soon.

As for the reporting, why mention that the cyclist has no helmet? Is it compulsory to wear one in the UK? No. Is it proven that the use of one could have avoided serious injury in this case? No. So why try and put blame on the victim when you have no facts about how the accident happened? Lazy reporting.
How can anyone hit a cyclist - or anyone else - and then just run away? I hope someone comes forward with details on the cowardly driver soon. As for the reporting, why mention that the cyclist has no helmet? Is it compulsory to wear one in the UK? No. Is it proven that the use of one could have avoided serious injury in this case? No. So why try and put blame on the victim when you have no facts about how the accident happened? Lazy reporting. tinkmybell
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1:41pm Fri 24 Oct 08

thuddy says...

I cyclt along this road several times a week and recently avoided being struck by a car in exactly the same place. Drivers do not see a bus so cut across the lane at speed without considering cyclists - it is a hazard area.
I cyclt along this road several times a week and recently avoided being struck by a car in exactly the same place. Drivers do not see a bus so cut across the lane at speed without considering cyclists - it is a hazard area. thuddy
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10:01pm Sun 26 Oct 08

Twickenham resident says...

Feel very sorry for the cyclist and hope he makes a full recovery. This is just one of many DANGEROUS junctions along Heath Road thanks to Richmond Council and their stupid bus lane policy. There are cameras all over the polace along Heath Road and considering so many motorists have been fined for crossing the bus lane at this point, there MUST be CCTV of the car travelling along Heath Road and showing the accident happening.
Feel very sorry for the cyclist and hope he makes a full recovery. This is just one of many DANGEROUS junctions along Heath Road thanks to Richmond Council and their stupid bus lane policy. There are cameras all over the polace along Heath Road and considering so many motorists have been fined for crossing the bus lane at this point, there MUST be CCTV of the car travelling along Heath Road and showing the accident happening. Twickenham resident
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