Accident victim fighting for life after bike crash

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A SHEFFIELD man is fighting for his life in hospital 12 days after being hit by a motorcycle.

It was initially thought that the 59-year-old victim had suffered only minor head injuries during the incident, which happened on Howard Road, Walkley.

But police say that his condition has now deteriorated.

The man was hit by a silver Yamaha motorcycle, driven by a 19-year-old man from Crookesmoor.

The incident happened after the man had stepped into the road to give directions at the driver’s window of a Ford Transit van, which had pulled over.

The pedestrian was struck as he walked back to the kerb.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “The 59-year-old, who was local to the area, had been standing at a bus stop on Howard Road, about 20 metres from the junction with Duncombe Street, when a Ford Transit van stopped at the roadside.

“The pedestrian walked round to the driver’s window to give advice.

“As he started to return to the pavement, the silver Yamaha motorcycle collided with him as it attempted to overtake the van.

“The pedestrian was knocked to the floor and the motorcyclist was also unseated.

“The 59-year-old man was initially taken to hospital with minor head injuries but his condition has deteriorated.

“He is now in the Royal Hallamshire Hospital with life threatening injuries.

“His condition is critical but stable.”

Police confirmed that the motorcyclist suffered minor injuries.

The incident happened at about 11am on Wednesday, October 12.

n Anyone with information about the collision is requested to call Soluth Yokrshire Police accident witness line on 0114 2202970, quoting incident 323 of October 12.