A mystery cyclist who remained unidentified for a week after being killed in a collision with a car lived alone and ‘kept himself to himself’.
Malcolm Cottam, aged 55, from Norton, Sheffield, suffered serious head injuries in a collision with a Citroen C3 on the Dronfield Bypass last Thursday.
But it was not until one week later that police were able to identify him.
They issued a computer generated image of the cyclist in the hope that somebody would recognise him.
A neighbour, a retired man, said Mr Cottam - a former teacher and artist - loved the outdoors.
“He was very quiet and kept himself to himself,” he said.
“Malcolm was a very keen gardener, and that’s what we spoke about most. He also liked running and cycling.
“He was always pleasant and would say hello but wasn’t the kind of person to come knocking at your door, he was very much a loner.
“It was a shock to hear what happened.”