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battered and bruised Amateur cyclist pleads with driver to come forward and 'do the right thing' after hit and run

And Jim Wall, (41), from Wexford town had his customized racing bike valued at €4000 wrecked in the horrific incident

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Jim Wall

Jim Wall

Jim Wall

Gardai are investigating a hit and run incident that saw one of Ireland's most experienced amateur cyclists narrowly avoid being killed after he was left lying in a heap on one of the country's busiest, and most dangerous roads last week.

And Jim Wall, (41), from Wexford town had his customized racing bike valued at €4000 wrecked in the horrific incident.

Now he is pleading with the female driver who crashed into him before driving off to 'Do the right thing and come forward '.

A battered and bruised Jim, who has competed in events such as 'Race Around Ireland'. told sundayworld.com, ' The crash happened last Thursday morning on the main road to Rosslare Port which is normally packed with articulated trucks going to and from the boats, but for some reason, it was deserted that morning.

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Jim's bike after the incident

Jim's bike after the incident

Jim's bike after the incident

 

'I haven't raced competitively for a while now but go out two or three mornings a week to stay in shape and at 7 am I was five minutes from home when it happened.

'I was coming down a hill and going straight on when a car which had been stopped at a turn pulled right across the road in front of me.

'As soon as the car started to move I focused on the driver, I kind of locked on to her, she was a woman that I guess was in her fifties and she was in the car on her own, she never made eye contact with me so I think she never actually saw me.

'She had to have felt the impact though as my whole left side hit the back door on the passenger side as I came off.

'I was left flat on my back but when I looked up I saw her brake lights come on and thought she was stopping to come back to see if I was okay which would have been the decent thing to do, but then she took off again and headed down the road.

'A guy driving a van who had seen what happened came over and helped me up, he kept insisting I ring the cops which eventually I did and they are investigating it.

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'At first, I thought I wasn't hurt but when I went home I couldn't lift a cup to drink tea so I ended up in hospital but the swelling on my left arm is so bad they haven't been able to figure out if it is broken or not just yet, they have to wait until it goes down.

'I'd just ask the woman to come forward and explain to me why she didn't stop, I mean you would stop if you hit a dog on the road, I don't know if you know what you have done so please do the right thing and hand yourself in.

'I have the bike for four years and it is wrecked beyond repair, I am very fortunate I didn't end up the same way.'

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Jim's bike

Jim's bike

Jim's bike

A Garda spokesperson said, 'Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene of a traffic collision that occurred in the Ferrycarrig area of Wexford Town at approximately 7am on Tuesday, the 22d of July 2021.

'One vehicle and one cyclist were involved in this collision. The cyclist, a male aged in his 40s, reported no injuries as a result of the collision.

'The vehicle in question failed to remain at the scene. Enquiries are ongoing into this incident at this time'.
 

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