A teenage cyclist was “left for dead” by a hit and run motorist in a bank holiday crash.
The 17-year-old is lucky to be alive after a woman motorist sped off just seconds after knocking him off his bike.
The family of Joseph Gadd said their son was left for dead lying in the middle of the road as the woman fled the scene.
And doctors told the student he would have almost certainly have died if he had not been wearing his cycle helmet.
Speaking to the YEP as he recovered at home today, Joseph said: “I was cycling along and the driver turned right in front of me, hitting me.
“I don’t remember much after that, but doctors did say I was lucky to be alive and was saved by my cycle helmet.”
He is suffering with a broken shoulder, broken nose and other injuries, as his family backed the police appeal to track down the motorist.
Dad Gareth Gadd said: “We ask her to come forward or if anyone knows who she might be, to let police know. Our son was left for dead lying in the road. Witnesses also tried to stop her leaving but failed. But she saw him injured and left.”
Student Joseph was hit by a woman motorist at 5pm on Bank Holiday Monday as he cycled home to Bramhope from band practice.
The experienced cyclist was pedalling down Otley Old Road, past the water tower, when a driver turned right into Tinshill Road cutting into him, knocking him off his bike. The bike was crushed in the smash.
Speaking from his bed, Joseph said: “I remember cycling down the road, I think the driver thought they would beat me when turning right into my path, but they did not. I was flung from my bike and don’t remember much after that.”
His dad Gareth, from Bramhope, said: “Doctors at LGI said his cycling helmet undoubtedly saved his life. If he had not been wearing it, we dread to think what could have happened. Thank God he is alright.”
Joseph was rushed by ambulance to Leeds General Infirmary and has been left with a broken nose, broken shoulder and cuts and bruises. He will be off college and his part-time job at Jessops for up to eight weeks.
Dad Gareth, who is a member of Leeds Cycling Campaign, said he and wife Krystyna expected the worst: “We rushed to the hospital and didn’t know what to expect. A few years ago our older son Alex had an accident and after that we always wear helmets. We urge the driver to come forward.”
Police are appealing for witnesses after the incident, just after 5pm on Monday on Otley Old Road, near to the junction with Tinshill Road, when the vehicle, which was travelling towards Yeadon, tcollided with the cyclist. The vehicle is then believed to have driven away from the scene down Tinshill Road.
Chief Inspector Fran Naughton, from Leeds District CID, said: “The cyclist, a local man aged 17, was injured as a result of the collision and had to undergo treatment at Leeds General Infirmary for facial, arm and hand injuries.
“The car involved was a white or silver coloured Nissan Micra and it was believed to have been driven by a female. The driver did not stop at the scene and I would appeal to her or to anyone who witnessed the incident and has yet to come forward to contact police. Thankfully witnesses to the incident were able to care for the injured male before the arrival of an ambulance.
“While the cyclist did sustain serious injuries, these could have been much worse and the driver of the vehicle needs to be traced as a matter of urgency.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the North West Leeds Neighbourhood Policing Team via 101 or by calling Crimestoppers, anonymously and in confidence, on 0800 555 111.