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Cyclist left with broken collarbone after being driven at in New Forest
4:00pm Sunday 18th September 2011 in News
A CYCLIST says a car driver deliberately knocked him off his bike in the New Forest leaving him with a broken collarbone in three places Stephen Roberts, 43, says the driver rammed him in Burley Road, just before the entry to Brockenhurst.
He pulled level with Stephen, beeped his horn, then swerved into him, sending the Bournemouth resident tumbling on to a grass verge.
“Luckily I didn’t land on a kerb stone or anything like that,” said Stephen, a roof tiler.
Stephen is a member of New Forest Cycling Club and was out training with his Cannondale time trial bike at South Weir just after 2pm on Sunday, September 11.
He was cycling towards Brockenhurst and said two cars came through a pinch-point at around 40mph, when he believed he had the right of way.
He slammed on his brakes and stopped just in time to give a frustrated ‘V’ gesture to the second car.
The driver turned around and about 90 seconds later knocked Stephen off his bike and drove away.
Stephen said: “At first it was a numb feeling, then it got a lot more painful. For the first couple of minutes I lay face-down just getting myself together because I couldn’t believe what had happened.
“Two or three cars stopped and the people came over to help me – I want to thank them.”
Stephen does not know yet how well his shoulder will heal and whether it will affect his work.
The vehicle involved was described as a black hatchback, possibly with tinted rear windows. It was believed there was a passenger in the car with the male driver.
A Hampshire police spokesman said they wanted to talk to a female cyclist and other drivers were in the area at the time.
Contact PC David Woolfrey at Lymington police station on 101 or the Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555 111.