These shocking pictures show the catalogue of injuries inflicted on a Sheffield dad – when he was hit by a cyclist careering around a bend on a country lane.
Martin Worth was walking around Dam Flask in Bradfield with wife Teresa when he was knocked from behind into the road at a blind spot.
He waited in agony for 45 minutes for an ambulance – and spent two days in the Northern General Hospital with a dislocated and fractured shoulder, broken ribs, sprains, bruising and nerve damage.
The 56-year-old businessman, from Stannington, who was given morphine at the side of the road to cope with his pain, said: “The only thing I remember is hearing a shout and then a big thud to my back.
“Then I was on the ground with my arm twisted one way and my body another.
“I couldn’t get up at all. Fortunately a doctor came along and she was able to make a phone call from her house nearby, because there wasn’t a mobile phone signal for us to do so.
“When I got to hospital I was in tears – I’m still struggling now and in a lot of pain.
“It’s unbelievable to think a cyclist can do all this damage.”
Martin was hit at Lamb Hill, where a popular walking route emerges from footpaths on to the road. There are currently roadworks, and no warning sign for road-users ahead of the bend.
The cyclist stopped at the scene, and Martin said he does not want to pursue prosecution, but instead to warn others of the dangers as more cyclists explore the area ahead of the Tour de France in July.
He added: “I don’t blame the lad in some ways because he had a green light and was on a stretch where it’s the national speed limit and they’ve resurfaced the road. There’s no sign telling people to watch out for pedestrians or slow down.
“But he had his head down, he didn’t see me and it has caused a lot of damage which might be lasting.”
The couple, who run two garages, have contacted Bradfield Parish Council and Sheffield Council about their concerns.
Teresa, 54, said: “Martin is quite a stocky chap but if this cyclist had hit a child or an elderly person the damage could have been unthinkable.
“We fear there could be a fatal accident there before long, unless some safety measures are put in place.”
Sheffield Council said the collision was the first accident recorded at the spot.
“We take road safety very seriously and will be watching this stretch of road closely and considering what, if any, road safety improvements can be made in future to ensure pedestrians, cyclists and motorists remain safe,” a spokesman said.