Pensioner loses four teeth after collision with cyclist

Judith after the accident
Judith after the accident

A PENSIONER who suffered serious injuries after being knocked to the ground by a cyclist on a Wigan canal path has made a safety plea.

Judith Norris required 12 stitches and had four teeth knocked out after being struck while she was walking close to Horrock’s Flash with a church group on Saturday.

I don’t know where I stand on this because if this happened on the road it would be classified as a hit and run incident

Judith Norris

The 76-year-old said the cyclist did stop but soon left the scene. She has urged cyclists to take extra care to ensure similar accidents do not become commonplace.

Mrs Norris said: “As I fell I heard him say something along the lines of he had rung his bell four times. But that’s not the end of his responsibility, as far as I’m concerned.

“He did stop and check, I was still on the ground and my friends asked his name and he said ‘Jason’. We think he was about 40 years old.

“But he then rode away without giving out anymore details - perhaps he didn’t like the sight of blood.”

Mrs Norris, who lives in Bury and runs the Bury Parish Church weekly walking group, was taken to Wigan Infirmary and has since been treated at Manchester Dental Hospital.

She told the Evening Post her plans to go on holiday next month are now in doubt because she is struggling to eat because of the injuries to her mouth.

She added: “I want cyclists to be responsible.

“I don’t know where I stand on this because if this happened on the road it would be classified as a hit and run incident.

“There had been a near miss earlier on in our walk between our group and another cyclist. I think he panicked after he had seen what had happened, but he did stop.”

Mrs Norris now plans to contact the Canal and River Trust to see if more can be done to ensure the safety of both walkers and cyclists along the towpaths.

She added: “I would like to extend my thanks to my friends and those who helped me until the ambulance arrived. Thankfully my injuries are getting better.”

If you were walking or cycling along the canal path close to Horrock’s Flash near to Platt Bridge on Saturday afternoon and have any information about this incident please contact the Evening Post’s news-desk on 01942 506274.