Leeds family’s agony in search for driver of hit-and-run car

Hit-and-run victim Daniel Carter is having to re-learn every day-to-day task.

Hit-and-run victim Daniel Carter is having to re-learn every day-to-day task.

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The family of a cyclist who ­suffered life-changing injuries in a hit-and-run crash have ­spoken of their devastation as the driver continues to evade justice.

Daniel Carter, of Morley, was knocked down following a crash between two cars on Gelderd Road, Gildersome on September 13 last year.

The 26-year-old man who was driving one of the cars, a Peugeot, was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving but later released without charge.

But the driver of the other vehicle, a silver Mini which was later found abandoned and burned out, has never been found.

It is thought the car was speeding to overtake the Peugeot when they collided.

Mr Carter, now 30, suffered long-term brain injuries in the incident.

He struggles with memory loss and is confined to a wheelchair.

His father, Martyn, 54, from Meanwood, said: “You hear about this sort of thing happening, but until it happens to you you can’t imagine how devastating it is.

“It’s absolutely horrendous, like being shellshocked. To know that no-one has been brought to justice for what has happened just makes it worse.”

Mr Carter, who worked in IT, was riding to work in the city centre when he was hit.

He has been in hospital since the incident, which also cost him the chance to buy his first home and led to his relationship breaking down.

Martyn and his wife, Susan, as well as Daniel’s siblings, Adam and Kirsty, have spent much of the last 14 months in hospital.

Vehicle technician Martyn said he hoped the incident would act as a warning to other cyclists – and drivers – about road safety.

“The crash has had a significant impact on Daniel and he continues to struggle to attempt to re-learn any day-to-day task,” he said.

“Over a year on from the accident we are still struggling to come to terms with the impact it has had on Daniel and we hope that by speaking out about the incident it will remind drivers to remain vigilant while behind the wheel and to look out for other road users.”

The family have appointed Irwin Mitchell solicitors to pursue legal action in a bid to win funding for his care.

Associate solicitor Martha Sweet said: “We are working with Daniel and his family to investigate the incident and hope to secure the necessary funds to help him with his recovery and rehabilitation.”

Anyone with information on the accident should call PC Stephen Oliver at Carr Gate on 101.

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