A FATHER-of-four claims he was left for dead after being knocked off his motorbike and driven over in a horrific hit and run.
Brian Douglas, 34, was riding along Priory Avenue on his Yamaha Thunderace 1,000cc when he says he was struck by another vehicle.
The next thing he knew he was in an ambulance being taken to the Conquest Hospital for emergency treatment.
The impact left him with a broken vertebrae in his neck, a broken collar bone and several broken bones in his back.
He believes somebody drove over him due to the horrific injuries to his collar bone.
After 18 days in hospital, Brian returned to his home in Ditchling Drive, Ore to recover.
He has to wear a back brace and needs a wheelchair or a walking stick to get about. He will not be able to go back to work as a support worker for three months.
The accident happened around 8.30pm on October 31,
Brian was riding from his home to the Zeus Gym on the Ponswood Industrial Estate in St Leonards.
His bike was left with hardly any damage with just a piece of plastic from the body work broken off.
He says despite a police investigation no witnesses have come forward but he is convinced somebody saw what happened.
“I’m lucky to be alive,” he told the Observer. “Somebody out there must have seen what happened.
“I was on my way to the gym for an hour or so at the gym.
“I wasn’t going fast but as I went along Priory Avenue something knocked me off my bike.
“I don’t know whether it was someone just pulling out or a car turning into the road.
“All I know is that something hit me and the next thing I knew I woke up in an ambulance.
“The doctors reckon that from the damage to my collar bone somebody drove over the top of me.
“They just left me for dead and I just can’t believe how cowardly they can be.
“I am confined to a wheelchair almost for the next few months. It could have been for life.
“It is a busy street even at that time of the evening so somebody must have seen what happened. These people need catching before they do it again.”
If you have any information call Brian on 07527 522566 or Sussex Police on 101 and ask for Hastings Police.
According to motorcycle accident statistics in 2009, 21,550 bikers were reported casualties on UK roads. Of these unfortunate incidents, 6,049 motorcyclists were killed or seriously injured and 493 died.
A 24-year-old motorcyclist was seriously injured after crashing into railings at a pedestrian crossing in Devonshire Road in Hastings in May. Also in may a German couple’s dream trip to England was wrecked when their camper van was in collision with a motorbike . The crash happened on the A259 at Winchelsea near to the bend of the bridge pub on Bank Holiday Monday.