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Cyclist left with broken arm and dislocated elbow following hit and run

PUBLISHED: 15:40 21 September 2018 | UPDATED: 17:01 22 September 2018

David Nicholls in hospital following the hit and run. Photo: Nikki Nicholls

David Nicholls in hospital following the hit and run. Photo: Nikki Nicholls

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A daughter has said she “can not understand” what was going through the head of the person who left her father with a broken arm and a dislocated elbow in a hit and run.

David Nicholls, 54, from Beccles, was hit by a red car on the A146 just outside Oulton Broad on Wednesday, September 19, at around 5.45pm.

The driver of the car did not stop, and Mr Nicholls, who was cycling home from his job in Lowestoft was left with a broken arm, dislocated elbow, and cuts and bruises to his arm and hands.

His daughter, Jessie Nicholls, 26, said her dad was left in shock following the incident.

She said: “I think he was in shock, he didn’t see the car as by accounts from witnesses the car tried to over take him but got so close it hit his back wheel.

“I was in all honestly taken aback that someone would hit anyone off a bike and leave them there without having any idea of the amount of damage they had done.

“My dad was lucky that he sustained quite minor injuries in comparison to what could have happened.”

The family are now looking for witnesses to the incident, but Miss Nicholls said she didn’t understand why someone would not stop in that situation.

She said: “I don’t really understand what could go through someone’s head in that split second to make them carry on driving.

“My step-mum and I have both asked him whether he was keen to get back on his bike and he said he would. We would obviously prefer that he didn’t.

A Suffolk Police spokesman said: “Police received a report of a road traffic collision on Wednesday, September 19, at 6.30pm.

“A member of the public reported that a cyclist was in collision with what was described as a red car on the A146 just outside Oulton Broad at some point just after 6pm the same evening.

“It was reported that the cyclist sustained a possible broken elbow and the driver of the car failed to stop at the scene. Anyone who witnessed the incident should contact Suffolk police on 101 quoting crime CAD362 of 19 September.”

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