Cyclist ‘left for dead’ after being mowed down in hit-and-run

The driver fled the scene of the crash that left NHS worker Mark Richards with a serious spinal injury.

Cyclist ‘left for dead’ after being mowed down in hit-and-run iStock

An NHS worker was “left for dead” after being mowed down in a hit-and-run while out cycling in South Lanarkshire.

Mark Richards was cycling along Spittal Terrace between Cambuslang and Blantyre when he was struck by a car at around 11.25am on Saturday.

The driver of the vehicle, believed to be a dark grey or black Vauxhall Insignia, sped away from the scene after he hit the 50-year-old.

Passers-by called an ambulance and he was taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow where he is receiving treatment for spinal injuries.

Medical staff describe his condition as serious but stable.

Mr Richards’ wife posted an emotional appeal on social media pleading for any witnesses to come forward.

Carol Richards wrote: “This is my husband Mark. He was hit by a car in Blantyre whilst cycling.

“This happened on Saturday at around 11.30am. There are witnesses who have given statements to police. They believe the car was a Vauxhall Insignia 66 plate, dark grey or black. There will be damage to the car probably the left hand side.

“Mark has been admitted to the QEUH with spinal fractures. He is a much loved husband and father who is very fit and active and has worked for the NHS for over 30 years.

“The driver left him for dead. Police are looking at CCTV in the area. I’m appealing to the driver to give themselves up voluntarily.

“I’m also appealing to anyone who has any information to please come forward.”

Police have also called for any witnesses to come forward with information as they continue their hunt for the driver.

Sergeant Raymond Giulianotti, East Kilbride Police Station, said: “I have no doubt that the driver of the car would have known that they struck the cyclist who was seriously injured as a result.

“A number of witnesses have already come forward, however, we are particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have dash-cam footage from the area at the time.

“If you were either on Spittal Terrace or A724, Hamilton Road, heading from Blantyre to Cambuslang between 11.10 am and 11.30 am on Saturday morning, then please get in touch with officers.

“No matter how insignificant you think any information is please make police aware as it may assist in our enquiries.”

Anyone with information about the incident can contact officers via 101.

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