'It's amazing I survived hit and run'By Anna Roberts
January 27, 2010
A cyclist left for dead in a road smash is devastated the person who ran him down has not come forward.
Philip Marsh suffered a broken right leg, concussion and other injuries in the crash which took place on the A4 Bath Road in Charvil at 3.25pm on Sunday, January 17.
The 48-year-old, of Colemans-moor Road in Woodley, recalled “flying through the air” before coming to rest with a “horrendous whack” in the middle of a lane.
After this he lost consciousness and did not wake up until he was in an ambulance on the way to Royal Berkshire Hospital.
Describing how his bike helmet had been ripped to shreds, he said: “It is so infuriating the chap who did this to me has not come forward.
“I was cycling along when I felt the most horrendous whack from behind. All I remember after that is coming round and a chap asking me questions. I was dazed and confused.
“I woke up in the ambulance and did not know where I was. Next thing I knew I had gone back to sleep and I was in the Royal Berkshire Hospital.
“I suffered a broken right leg, concussion, neck injuries and injuries to my back and side. I could have been killed.
“The police officer took my helmet and said it was amazing I survived.”
Mr Marsh, a manager for construction company Glencoe Plant in Buckinghamshire, was rescued by a man he knows only as P Walker.
Mr Walker was driving shortly behind the vehicle which struck Mr Marsh and although he did not see the collision he arrived at the scene shortly afterwards.
He dialled 999 and waited with Mr Marsh who lives with his partner Olimpia.
“He said I was lying in the middle of one lane,” Mr Marsh said.
“He said a car, which he could only remember as a dark hatchback, had passed him shortly earlier and was being driven erratically.”
Now recovering at home, Mr Marsh said he was keen to get back on the road.
He said: “I’ve been riding my pushbike since 1974. In my youth I did a paper round and I have always been on bikes.
“I am a keen cyclist. It makes me angry. I was motionless and the driver just drove on.
“My family said I was mad to get back on my bike but I am going to – 100 per cent. It is a good job I was wearing my helmet.”
If you have any other information which could help police with their investigation, call PC Mark Brazier on 08458 505 505 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.