Slow recovery for injured Barnsley cyclist

Dave Scargill
Dave Scargill
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A CYCLIST badly injured when a yob reached out of a passing car to push him off his bike is still in hospital awaiting an operation more than five days on.

Dave Scargill, aged 58, was riding at around 30mph along Bilham Lane in Hooton Pagnell, near Thurnscoe, Rotherham, when a gang of young men pulled up alongside him in a black Vauxhall Corsa.

A passenger in the car then leaned out of the side window and, using both arms, shoved Dave from his bike.

The cyclist, from Wombwell, Barnsley, suffered two broken ribs, a fractured collar bone and a punctured lung.

Dave’s son Alan, 31, who works with his dad as a self-employed gas fitter, said doctors at Barnsley Hospital were still waiting to operate.

“They are trying to drain fluids from his punctured lung,” said Alan.

“They aren’t going to let him out until he has been operated on and his lung is okay.

“He’s in a lot of pain. Hopefully the quicker they operate the better, because his shoulder is absolutely killing him.

“He just wants to get it over and done with.”

Alan added: “When I visit him I try to take his mind off things. He’s a bit upset about what happened so he doesn’t say much. He can’t believe it.”

Alan said he is having to take on extra jobs as his dad is unable to work.

“We’re booked up for three to four weeks easily, and I’m trying to do every job,” he said.

Dave is a member of the Birdwell Wheelers cycling club, and competes in races across the country.

His £3,000 bike was damaged irreparably in the crash.

Anyone with information about the incident, which happened at around 7pm last Thursday, should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 973 of August 23.