Was top athlete, 14, victim of hit and run driver?

Teen athlete in plea to find driver after being left unconscious in road

Teen athlete in plea to find driver after being left unconscious in road

First published in News

A TEENAGE triathlon star ended up in hopsital on a life support machine after being seriously hurt in a training accident.

Lissie Hood is now appealing for help to discover if she was knocked off her bike by a hit and- run driver.

The 14-year-old is recovering at home after being found by her dad, Hugh, lying unconscious in the road.

She suffered severe head injuries, multiple cuts and a broken collar bone while on the training ride with her father.

Police are appealing for the driver of a silver car to come forward after it was seen overtaking her dad moments before Lissie was found lying in the road.

The pair had nearly completed the 20-mile route and were just approaching Crow Hill in Ringwood when Lissie cycled away from her dad and crested the hill.

Seconds later Hugh found her lying still attached to her bike by her clipped shoes in the road.

The youngster was taken to Southampton General Hospital and put on to life support as doctors feared she had bleeding on the brain and possible spinal injuries.

But Lissie, who is ranked number two in the UK in her age group for triathlons, is expected to make a full recovery.

Now she is urging the driver to come forward.

“I don’t remember anything at all. I just remember waking up in hospital and asking how my new bike was”, Lissie said.

“I thought it was a bad dream.

“They think I was unconscious when I hit the road, which explains why I made no move to put my hands out and break the fall.”

Lissie, whose helmet was returned to her with a large crack in it, added: “My dad thought I was going to get back up.

“Apparently another car driver stopped and another lady came out of her house and gave me blankets.

“I was freaking out apparently.

But I can’t remember anything.”

The youngster, who was also an Olympic torchbearer this summer, said: “If the driver is reading this, or someone who knows something is, I would just ask them to come forward.

“It would be good to know what happened. They could tell me if I fell off or something else happened. It would be the final piece of the jigsaw.”

Speaking at the family home in West Moors Lissie’s mum Heather said: “What happened to Lissie out on the bike is every parent’s worst nightmare.

“She was wearing a helmet, safety glasses, cycling safely.

We just want to know what happened.

“I think the fact that she is so fit has helped her recovery – that and her determination to get back into training.

“No-one can believe she is back on her feet so quickly. It could have been very different.”

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident on Saturday, October 20, to contact them on 101.

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8:25am Wed 31 Oct 12

peachy1 says...

Whoever did this should hang their head in shame driving off and leaving them for dead is so poor I hope they find you and throw the book at you
Whoever did this should hang their head in shame driving off and leaving them for dead is so poor I hope they find you and throw the book at you peachy1
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9:02am Wed 31 Oct 12

MGRA says...

its also possible that no-one did it, or no-one knowingly did it....
its also possible that no-one did it, or no-one knowingly did it.... MGRA
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9:15am Wed 31 Oct 12

hulla baloo says...

MGRA wrote:
its also possible that no-one did it, or no-one knowingly did it....
Quite possible she hit a pothole, fainted or lost balance.
[quote][p][bold]MGRA[/bold] wrote: its also possible that no-one did it, or no-one knowingly did it....[/p][/quote]Quite possible she hit a pothole, fainted or lost balance. hulla baloo
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9:53am Wed 31 Oct 12

Inform Al says...

If a car has struck the bike there will probably be visible accident damage to the bike, rear wheel etc. As no mention has been made of such damage it is possible that no other vehicle was involved. I do hope it was not caused by a black out as this would present a serious future risk for her. Glad to hear she is up and about again already..
If a car has struck the bike there will probably be visible accident damage to the bike, rear wheel etc. As no mention has been made of such damage it is possible that no other vehicle was involved. I do hope it was not caused by a black out as this would present a serious future risk for her. Glad to hear she is up and about again already.. Inform Al
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10:34am Wed 31 Oct 12

Nicole23 says...

Is cycling on the A31 a sensible idea?
Is cycling on the A31 a sensible idea? Nicole23
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11:30am Wed 31 Oct 12

cyclejim says...

She wasn't on the A31, that's Poulner Hill. The article says Crow Hill, which is further south adjoining Moortown Lane.

Sometimes it only takes a slight touch from a motor vehicle to floor a cyclist so there won't necessarily be any visible damage to the bike. But yes, we don't know what happened, which is why the Southampton and Bournemouth Echo are helping those concerned find out from their publicity. Hopefully it doesn't put her off competing in the future and possibly becoming the next Chrissie Wellington or Leanda Cave.
She wasn't on the A31, that's Poulner Hill. The article says Crow Hill, which is further south adjoining Moortown Lane. Sometimes it only takes a slight touch from a motor vehicle to floor a cyclist so there won't necessarily be any visible damage to the bike. But yes, we don't know what happened, which is why the Southampton and Bournemouth Echo are helping those concerned find out from their publicity. Hopefully it doesn't put her off competing in the future and possibly becoming the next Chrissie Wellington or Leanda Cave. cyclejim
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4:57pm Wed 31 Oct 12

cantthinkofone says...

Inform Al wrote:
If a car has struck the bike there will probably be visible accident damage to the bike, rear wheel etc. As no mention has been made of such damage it is possible that no other vehicle was involved. I do hope it was not caused by a black out as this would present a serious future risk for her. Glad to hear she is up and about again already..
Given that she was in ICU at the hospital, and the nature of her injuries, she would certainly have received a brain scan. I'm not a doctor, but I'd have thought that an aneurysm or something of the sort would have been picked up then?
[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: If a car has struck the bike there will probably be visible accident damage to the bike, rear wheel etc. As no mention has been made of such damage it is possible that no other vehicle was involved. I do hope it was not caused by a black out as this would present a serious future risk for her. Glad to hear she is up and about again already..[/p][/quote]Given that she was in ICU at the hospital, and the nature of her injuries, she would certainly have received a brain scan. I'm not a doctor, but I'd have thought that an aneurysm or something of the sort would have been picked up then? cantthinkofone
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