Dublin cyclist suffers broken wrist and dislocated shoulder in hit-and-run
“He accelerated to make the turn, cutting me off, and the bike collided with the car"
A young Dublin cyclist has recalled his shock and horror after he was left badly injured in a hit and run incident involving a car earlier this week.
Javaid-Martin Gaynor was cycling home to Cabinteely on Tuesday evening when he was knocked off his bicycle by a car that then drove away from the scene.
Javaid (33) was left with a broken bone in his wrist and a dislocated shoulder in the incident that has left him out of work.
“I was cycling along the N11 on my way home when a car took a sharp right at Foxrock Church in the Deansgrange direction,” Javid recalled.
“He accelerated to make the turn, cutting me off, and the bike collided with the car.
“I just went into auto-pilot, knowing that I was going to smash into it, but that there was nothing I could do.
“We rolled along for a few second beside each other but I ran out space. The pedal hit the passenger door and my right wrist took the impact.
“I ended up on the ground and a pedestrian who was crossing the road asked me was I all right. Another car behind also pulled over but by the time I got up the car that had hit me was gone.
“I was in shock, saying I was fine, and dusting myself off. The people who helped me noticed that the car had driven off so I called the gardaí.
“They didn’t seem to think they could do much because I hadn’t got the reg plate.
“My arm was sore but the adrenaline had taken over and I managed to get home by walking the bike alongside me.
“I tried to ignore the pain in my arm but I couldn’t even sleep that night. And when I went to the clinic the following day they told me of the extent of my injuries.
“My sister put it on Facebook in an effort to identify the car. That’s my sister all over. She takes matters into her own hands.
“For me though, I was just trying to downplay it but with the injuries I have it has put me out of work for at least a week and obviously I’m off the bike.
“I have to go and see hand specialist week so I won’t really know the full extent of the damage until then.”
Javaid said he didn’t have a chance to see the driver of the car that had hit him.
“They did stop for a second and must have seen me get back up on my feet and then they drove off.
“They must have convinced themselves that I was okay but they don’t (sic) stop to check.
“I actually don’t care so much that they hit me, I don’t know their circumstances and accidents happen. I understand that, but it’s the driving off without checking that bothers me.
“You have a duty of care to check if someone is alright.
“And it affects everyone around you too. You hit someone and their family has to deal with the consequences.
“I wouldn’t have held any grudges if they had stopped and drove off has left me sad and upset."
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