A cyclist claims he suffered a broken back, fractured pelvis, dislocated shoulder and ruptured kidneys when a jogger knocked him off his bike.
Anthony Worrell-Dearing said he was passing two female runners, aged in their late 20s or early 30s, in Gravesend, Kent, when one suddenly ran in front of him and ‘deliberately sent him flying’ at around 7.30am on May 5.
The 58-year-old bus driver called out to the pair and they initially moved aside so he could pass, before one clattered into him ‘at running pace’ with enough force to knock his helmet off.
After the impact, which left him unable to move and crying out in pain, Anthony said neither checked to see if he was OK, leaving him sprawled on the floor for around 10 minutes until another passing cyclist stopped to help him and called an ambulance.
At Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham it was found Anthony had a fractured pelvis, fractured spine, dislocated shoulder and ruptured kidneys.
Recalling the incident, he said: ‘I don’t know why they did what they did. I didn’t do anything wrong.
‘I understand the area isn’t just for cyclists. I am always respectful of walkers and dogs. If I see them, I always say “Good morning” or “Hello”, so they know I am there.
‘I know there are more people out exercising at the moment, so I deliberately went out early in the morning.’
As a result of the injuries he suffered Anthony, who also runs marathons, says he will sell his bike and never ride again.
He added: ‘I might be 58 but I was fit and healthy. I’ve ran many marathons in the past for charity, I’ve ridden in the Surrey 100 mile bike ride, I’m not a slouch but this accident has left me down and I can’t get up.
‘I don’t think I’ll ride a bike, not ever again. I trust myself, just not other people if this is the sort of thing they can do.’
A spokesman for Kent Police said: ‘We received a report that a man was deliberately knocked off his bike by a woman while he used a cycle path off between 7.30am and 7.45am on Tuesday, May 5. The victim sustained an injury to his shoulder.’
Anyone with information is asked to call the police.