Arrest after cyclist seriously injured in suspected hit and run

Detectives investigating an alleged hit and run which left a cyclist hospitalised for almost a fortnight have arrested a man as part of investigations.

Neil Wainwright was found on the roadside by a passerby after being struck by a car on the A616.

The 57-year-old suffered a fractured frontal skull, 10 broken ribs, several lower spinal fractures, a neck fracture and a broken pelvis as a result of the incident.

He also required surgery on his injuries.

The incident happened when Mr Wainwright was cycling home on the A616 towards South Muskham, at around 7pm on March 7.

His daughters had been urging anyone who saw the incident to help with the police investigation, and now officers have made an arrest.

Detective Constable Sarah Stables from Nottinghamshire Police’s Serious Collision Unit, said officers have been “working around the clock” to find those involved.

She said: “After lengthy searches on local CCTV and ANPR cameras we were able to track down a vehicle in connection with the incident.

“A 43-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving on Wednesday in Tuxford. He was subsequently released under investigation.

“A 23-year-old man was also interviewed under caution in relation to the collision. Our enquiries continue.

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“It was great to hear that the victim has now been discharged from hospital.

“He had suffered 10 broken ribs and was in a lot of pain and discomfort, so I’m glad to hear he’s continuing on his path to recovery.”

Mr Wainwright’s daughter Georgina recently spoke emotionally about the ordeal.

She said: “The whole family is in bits. It’s really shook us to be honest.

“He’s done remarkably well so far, but he’s not out the woods yet and we’re all very much on edge still. He will be in recovery for a long time.

“He’s not just a devoted father, but he is a son and full time carer to his mother who suffers from dementia, a brother, a granddad, an uncle, a friend and a work colleague.

“He’s a big believer of road safety and promotes it to everyone he knows. He was fully equipped on the night of the incident, wearing the right gear in the conditions.”

Enquiries continue and anyone with any information that could assist with the investigation is urged to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101 quoting incident 656 of March 7.

Alternatively, people can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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