Sheffield Star reporter injured in taxi hit-and-run

Cyclist and Star reporter Rachel Clegg.

Cyclist and Star reporter Rachel Clegg.

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Star reporter Rachael Clegg was rushed to hospital after being struck by a taxi which failed to stop in Sheffield city centre.

The 31-year-old was cycling along Pinstone Street yesterday afternoon when she was hit from behind.

Rachael, a news and features reporter, was rushed by ambulance to the Northern General Hospital for tests including a CT scan, after suffering head injuries.

The scan was clear, but Rachael sustained a fractured jaw and wrist, and needed stitches to facial wounds including a gashed chin and a badly grazed cheek.

Only last week Rachael, who has been a keen cyclist in the city for seven years, wrote a feature in The Star aimed at getting more people on their bikes in Sheffield.

She extolled cycling’s health benefits.

A police probe into the collision is now under way.

Officers cordoned off the street while investigations were carried out.

It is believed city centre CCTV cameras will have captured the collision as it happened.

Passers-by who witnessed the crash gathered around Rachael until paramedics arrived to take over.

Witnesses managed to take down the driver’s registration number, and he has been tracked down and spoken to initially by the police.

Speaking from her hospital bed yesterday Rachael, from Carter Knowle, said: “All I remember is a jolt from behind and flying through the air.”

Her friend Helen Robinson, who raced to her bedside after police contacted Rachael’s family in the north west to inform them of the crash, said she was lucky not to have been more seriously injured.

“She has been really lucky – it could have been much worse,” she said.

“The police have been at the hospital with her.

“The results of her CT scan are clear thankfully, but she has a fractured jaw and we think a broken left wrist.

“The police rang Rachael’s brother to inform him but because her family live in Rochdale he rang me.

“She doesn’t remember much other than being hit from behind.”

Witnesses are urged to call police on 101 quoting incident 544 of September 27.

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