A BIKER hospitalised after a collision with a car has launched a desperate bid to find the driver to avoid ending up out of pocket.
Jamie Ashcroft, from Goose Green, was thrown across the bonnet of the car in an incident on Poolstock Lane and ended up in Wigan Infirmary with a sprained ankle, a badly-swollen leg and a cut to his knee.
However, Warrington Road resident Jamie has since realised he does not have any details of the driver who collided with him, leaving him unable to launch an insurance claim.
He is now appealing to anyone who might have seen the incident - which happened at about 6.30pm on December 7 - or recognises the driver’s picture obtained from CCTV footage to avoid losing a payout for his written-off Keeway Partner bike.
Jamie, 31, said: “There were quite a few people about so I’m hoping someone might be able to help.
“He said he was from Nuneaton but was working in Wigan and I think he has a job in security.
“I gave him my details but I then stayed in a shop where I was sitting and he told police he had exchanged details with me. However, I haven’t got any details for him.
“I don’t know whether he’s done it unintentionally.
“Maybe he got where he was going and realised what had happened, but I don’t really know where that lives me.
“My insurance can’t take it any further without his details. I’ve been advised I can go down the no-win no-fee solicitors’ route to claim for my injuries but if I do that I will lose out on my bike, which I’m rather miffed about.”
Jamie described the driver as wearing a red jumper and an orange hi-vis jacket and said he told him his name was Andy.
As well as the injuries to his legs Jamie developed a stiff neck and sore back the day after the incident, which staff at Wigan Infirmary had told him might happen due to tissue damage.
He is now getting about using crutches and has been forced to postpone starting a new job helping out for a friend’s roofing firm.
Greater Manchester Police confirmed the incident was recorded as a damage only incident and the parties had exchanged details.
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