'A thank you does not seem to be enough' - father's praise for passers-by after son hurt in hit and run

The father of a young cyclist injured in a "horrific" hit-and-run crash has thanked the passers-by who stopped to help him.

Saturday, 1st May 2021, 5:05 pm
Updated Saturday, 1st May 2021, 5:13 pm

In a post in a community Facebook group, he said his son was "fine and in good spirits" after the incident on Friday evening.

The teenager was in a collision with a car which failed to stop just before 6.50pm on Tyldesley Road in Atherton.

He was taken to hospital by ambulance for treatment to his injuries and a police investigation was launched.

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The incident happened on Tyldesley Road in Atherton on Friday. Pic: Google Street View

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"We are all home now and it's by God's grace that I'm happy to let you all know that [he] is fine and in good spirits. AMAZINGLY he has no major injuries, no fractures, or stitches. Just a few bruises. All scans and xrays were clear and he was discharged earlier today.

"A thank you does not seem to be enough and unfortunately we don't know all the names of the people that helped him/us yesterday.

"A brave/intelligent young girl managed to ring us from [his] phone and let us know what was happening. She and another wonderful young lady came to pick me up and take me to the scene. They were both fantastic!!!!

"There were four other amazing ladies at the scene reassuring our son. There's another awesome lady Stacey who has set up a fund for a new bike, the spirit of the Atherton community warms our hearts. Can they please message me as we would like to personally thank all of them.

"We would also like to thank his football team for all their support and all you well wishes too. A huge thank you to all his friends who have been amazing. He was with two friends and thankfully they are doing ok too.

"[He] has read every single one of your messages and they have brought tears to our eyes. I will ask him to post a thank you message in here for you all when he feels a bit better."

The boy's father asked anyone with information or footage of what happened to contact him.

Police are appealing for anyone who can help with their inquiry to call them on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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