Wigan cyclist critically injured in drug-drive road smash

Police probe
Police probe

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of drug-driving after a Wigan cyclist was critically injured in a road smash.

Police say the unnamed 57-year-old was left with “life threatening injuries” when his bike was in collision with a car in Horwich.

Officers today appealed for witness to come forward following the incident at 12.58pm on Sunday.

It later emerged that the casualty is from the Wigan area.

Emergency services were called to Lever Park Avenue after receiving reports that a pedal bike and a light blue Nissan Micra had collided.

The victim was taken to hospital by the North West Air Ambulance where doctors describe his condition as critical.

A 35-year-old woman, said to be the driver of the Nissan, was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and driving while unfit through drink or drugs.

PC Philip Shaw, from GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation unit, said: “My thoughts are with the man and his family.

“This is a heart-breaking incident.

“The man was out on his bike, enjoying the great weather - what has happened is devastating.

“We are appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision, or who may have seen the car before it collided with the cyclist.

“We would particularly like to hear from anyone with dash-cam footage.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 4741.

Alternatively call 101 or the freephone Crimestoppers line anonymously on 0800 555 111.