Hit and run bicycle victim speaks out after driver zooms off
A CYCLIST who was knocked off her bike by a car has spoken of her anger after the driver zoomed off.
Elizabeth Holloway was crossing Princess Elizabeth Way when a white car hit her, causing her to lose her balance and tumble off.
With a grazed arm and concussion, she slumped by the roadside and watched as the driver got out, looked at her, got back in again and drove away.
The 29-year-old waitress, from Swindon Village, said: "I was sat on the verge of the road. I was in shock.
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"I'm angry. It could have been a lot worse. I'm angry and upset and shocked that he drove off without even checking if I was okay."
Elizabeth said she had stayed after work for one drink with her uncle on Monday before jumping on her bike, as she usually did, to go home.
At the Lex Mead roundabout she turned off to go to Princess Elizabeth Way and, crossing the road on her bike, was hit by the car at about 5.45pm.
Elizabeth said she had the green man for pedestrians so she believes the driver must have gone through the red light.
She said the junction is dangerous as it is difficult for drivers to see the red lights as they come around the roundabout.
She said: "He must have come through a red light as it was green for me. It's a really bad junction.
"If you're coming from McDonald's across to Princess Elizabeth Way it's okay but if you're coming from Tewkesbury Road to Princess Elizabeth Way it's an awkward junction and it's difficult to see the red light. Something needs to be done about it."
Police in Cheltenham are now appealing for the driver to come forward, as well as any witnesses to the incident.
A police spokesman said: "A white vehicle was involved in a collision with a woman on a bicycle on the Lex Mead roundabout on Princess Elizabeth Way. The driver got out of his car at the scene but did not speak to the cyclist or give his details before driving away."
The driver was described as a white man in his early 20s, of average build with short dark hair.
The driver, or anyone with any information about the incident, is asked to contact police on 0845 090 1234 quoting incident 427 of August 2.
A spokeswoman from Gloucestershire County Council said: "We are sorry to hear of the collision between a car and cyclist on this crossing.
"The traffic lights on this junction meet the national standard, the pedestrian crossing is clearly marked and carries four signal heads, giving good visibility to drivers as they approach."