A teenage cyclist was left covered in blood at the side of a road after a motorist drove off following a collision in Sheffield’s early morning rush hour.
Now his angry mum has issued a photograph of the injured youngster in a bid to encourage witnesses to come forward.
Taron Stead, aged 17, from Walkley, was cycling to work when he was involved in a collision with a silver Ford, possibly a Focus or Mondeo, on Crookes Valley Road, at its junction with Mushroom Lane, Crookesmoor.
The IT apprentice told police the driver of the car stopped initially and a woman passenger got out of the vehicle, told the teenager there were children in the car who were upset and that she did not want them to be late for school.
The car then drove off without the driver exchanging details with Taron, who was left at the side of the road with his face and hands covered in blood, cuts and bruises.
Staff from Sheffield University’s nearby law school cared for youngster until paramedics arrived.
Taron’s mum, Naomi Pickard, 45, said: “Taron said the woman in the car got out looked over at him, told him she had children in the car who were upset and she didn’t want them to be late for school, then the car drove off.
“I can’t believe anyone would leave an injured child at the side of the road after a crash, but it was rush hour and it would have been busy so I am hoping that witnesses come forward and help the police trace the driver.
“There is CCTV in the area too.”
Taron had just bought his mountain bike three weeks before the collision, using his first apprenticeship wage.
Staff at Halfords on Kilner Way retail park in Wadsley Bridge have offered to repair it free of charge after learning of the collision.
Naomi said: “We want to thank Halfords for their gesture and also the university staff who looked after Taron and gave him first aid until the paramedics arrived.
“I am grateful that they stayed with him.
“I hope the driver and his passenger who drove off see Taron’s injuries and think about their actions.
“Fortunately he was wearing a helmet, or I dread to think what might have happened.”
A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “On Friday, March 6, it is reported that a cyclist was travelling towards Brook Hill, along Crookes Valley Road, onto Winter Street
“At about 8.30am, the cyclist and a vehicle turning onto Mushroom Lane were in collision.
“It is reported that the vehicle left the scene.
“The cyclist suffered facial injuries and bruising.
“The vehicle is described as a silver Ford, either a Focus or Mondeo.”
n Anyone with information is asked to call South Yorkshire Police on 101.