A cyclist who was knocked off his bike by a hit and run driver has been awarded £11,000 road accident compensation.
Jack Dixon, 59, received a severe shoulder injury when he was knocked off his bicycle by a motorist.
In 2010, Mr Dixon was cycling from Chelmsford railway station to his home in Great Waltham, Essex. He was travelling along Broomfield Road and had left the bicycle lane to negotiate a junction when a car cut across his path to avoid temporary traffic lights.
Mr Dixon said: “I sensed rather than saw the car come in front of me. It hit my front wheel and I was left lying in the road with a dislocated shoulder and fractured shoulder blade.
“It’s the most painful thing I have ever experienced. I couldn’t believe that the car just sped off – I could have been lying dead in the street.”
Mr Dixon lavished praise on a person who pursued the fleeing car, saying: “When he caught up with the car, the man who’d hit me pretended he was going to come back and leave his details, but then drove in the other direction.
“I’m very grateful to the witness – if it hadn’t been for him taking the registration details, I would never have known who had hit me.”
The police were forced to close the case as the hit and run driver had managed to evade their inquires for six months.
Mr Dixon, however, pursued the claim with no win no fee solicitors who managed to secure the compensation payout for him.
His solicitor said: “Mr Dixon really deserved recompense for the physical and emotional trauma he underwent as a result of the selfish actions of this driver.”