Cyclist lucky to be alive after hit-and-run accident

WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES

These are the horrific facial injuries suffered by a cyclist who was flung off her bike in a horrific hit and run.

Fitness instructor Tracy Taylor landed on her FACE after she was thrown through the air as a car ploughed into her while she was out on a Christmas eve bike ride.

Tracy, from Leek, Staffs, is lucky to be alive after escaping with a broken collar bone and cuts and bruises to her face.

Tracy Taylor was flung off her bike in a horrific hit and run

Tracy Taylor was flung off her bike in a horrific hit and run

The 36-year-old was left for dead after being hit by a ‘small blue vehicle’ while she was out enjoying a Christmas Eve bike ride with friend Helen Birch-Machin.

They had stopped to take photographs of the scenic Staffordshire landscape before Tracy was hit by the car and knocked unconscious.

Tracy said: “I’m lucky to be alive. If it wasn’t for my helmet I wouldn’t be here.”

Tracy, from Leek, Staffs escaped with a broken collar bone and cuts and bruises to her face

Tracy, from Leek, Staffs escaped with a broken collar bone and cuts and bruises to her face

Tracy was taken to Macclesfield Hospital and, despite needing nine stitches, was discharged later that day to spend Christmas with her son.

She said: “It’s all a bit of a blur. I was pretty out of it on morphine. I’ve not even had time to think about my facial injuries, it’s all happened so quickly. All I can remember is worrying about being home for Christmas. The fact that I’d been in an accident didn’t sink in straight away.”

“My face was covered in mud and my helmet was smashed to pieces. I kept drifting in and out of consciousness and I don’t even remember much of Christmas because I felt so drugged-up.

“I can’t believe the driver left the scene, they probably don’t realise the damage they’ve done. I’ve no idea how long it will be until I can go back to work and, because I’m a self-employed fitness instructor, I won’t get any sick pay. It’s turned my world upside down.”

Staffordshire Police are appealing for witnesses following the collision.

A spokesman said: “Relevant CCTV footage has been examined and house-to-house inquiries in the locality have been made. The cyclist is now recovering at home having received hospital treatment.”

Tracy said: "I'm lucky to be alive."

Tracy said: “I’m lucky to be alive.”