'Hit-and-run driver left me in the road'
A CYCLIST says he was left for dead after a hit-and-run by a white van driver.
Bill Coatsworth, 48, was on his way to work when he was knocked across three lanes by a white van as he crossed the roundabout at Junction 3 of the M32 in St Pauls.
As he lay in shock on the road unable to move, he watched in disbelief as the van slowed and then drove off.
The father-of-two broke his foot and damaged a shoulder in the incident on May 1.
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After spending some weeks in a wheelchair, he is now on crutches but was off work as an audio electrician at Uplands Car Parts in Cheltenham Road for five weeks.
His wife Lisa, 41, and children Georgia, 13, and Jamie, 15, have been helping him around their home in Broadfield Avenue, Kingswood, since the accident.
Mr Coatsworth told the Evening Post: "I was cycling into work on a Saturday, and it was quiet on the road and a lovely clear day.
"I was crossing the roundabout towards Lower Ashley Road and abiding by the laws of the road when I heard a loud 'vroom' behind me.
"I thought 'oh my God' and over my left-hand shoulder from the corner of my eye saw the van, and it hit me from behind.
"I remember my foot being hit by what I think was the bumper and it forced me to fall in towards it, and I hit my shoulder on the A-pillar of the van.
"I then had a bizarre feeling of flying through the air forever and coming to the floor with a bump.
"I had been flung from the inside lane to the middle lane. My bike was in the outside lane.
"I could not stand up and was facing the wrong direction but manoeuvred myself to see the van slow down and then leave.
"I was waving my arms like a mad man trying to alert people that I was lying in the road.
"Somebody stopped and told me to keep still, and somebody called the police and the ambulance.
"There is no way that he could not have seen me. I am not exactly a small bloke and practically hit his windscreen.
"It was quite possible that I could have been killed. He didn't bother to check on me, he didn't know if I was dead or alive.
"It has put me off cycling to work again. I even told my wife to hold fire on getting me a new bike for my birthday.
"The matter has been reported to police and there are cameras around that area so I'm hoping something can be done because the driver needs to be caught."
A spokeswoman for Avon and Somerset police said: "We can confirm police were called at 8.20am to a fail to stop incident between a vehicle and cyclist at Lower Ashley Road on May 1.
"A man received a leg injury and was taken to Bristol Royal Infirmary. Investigations are ongoing."
Anyone with any information should contact Avon and Somerset police on 0845 4567000.