Hunt for hit-run driver

December 21 2018

POLICE are trying to trace a hit-and run driver who left a motorcyclist injured in the road.

The incident happened on November 22 at about 4.20pm in Willowherb Road, Lyde Green. Avon and Somerset police say that the motorcyclist suffered a broken nose, a badly sprained right foot and cuts and bruises as well as damage to his bike in the collision.

Officers are now appealing for help in finding the vehicle which failed to stop: a gold or yellow Citroen Berlingo Multispace.

It is reported to have travelled in the direction of the Rosary roundabout on the Avon Ring Road after the incident.

A police spokesman said: “We would like the owner of the vehicle – or anyone recognising it – to contact us.”

Anyone who can help should call 101 and quote the crime reference number 5218 263 395. Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

The incident happened as calls were being made to reduce the speed of traffic on Willowherb Road. Although it has a 20mph limit and traffic calming measures including raised tables, a check next to School Square found the average speed of vehicles to be 34mph.

South Gloucestershire councillor Rachael Hunt, who represents the Emersons Green ward, and residents have also spoken to the companies based in the industrial units on nearby Vertex Park, to reduce issues with traffic using the road to access businesses. As Willowherb Road has not yet been adopted by the council, it is understood that the responsibility for any upgrades lies with the Gardiner-Theobold Consortium of Lyde Green developers.

An online petition for more traffic calming measures has 270 signatures. To view and sign the petition, visit bit.ly/2Q47BQ7