Chaddesden hit-and-run victim feared he could have been "left for dead"
A FATHER who was knocked off his bicycle in a hit-and-run incident said he felt infuriated that he could have been "left for dead".
Paul Day, 48, of Chaddesden, was cycling home from Derby's Market Hall when he was hit by a blue Nissan Micra.
The incident happened on Wednesday, January 23, at about 8.20pm in Nottingham Road, near the Tavern Pub.
Mr Day, of Francis Street, who works as a cleaner at the Market Hall, said: "I'd finished my shift at around 8.15pm.
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"I cycled down Nottingham Road, under Derwent Bridge and was making my way towards Stores Road.
"I was coming under the bridge and the next thing I saw was this car coming for me. I tried to move out of the way but it got me and whacked me over the bonnet.
"It happened so fast. I came crashing down on my side and knew I'd been hurt because my leg was in such horrendous pain."
Luckily, a work colleague of Mr Day's was driving behind him, witnessed the collision and was able to call his wife, Lorraine.
Mrs Day, 46, said: "I grabbed my coat and my eldest son, Wayne, and we ran there. When we arrived the paramedics were putting him on the stretcher. I was so afraid and shocked."
Mr Day was taken to the Royal Derby Hospital suffering from pains in his chest, hands and right leg.
Although an x-ray showed no signs of broken bones, it was after visiting his GP days later and being re-admitted to A&E that it was confirmed he had a blood clot in his right leg.
"I can't put my leg down because of the pain," he said.
"The doctors have said if the swelling doesn't go down very soon then I'll need an operation. I have to use crutches to get about which means I can barely move, let alone go to work."
Mr Day, who has four children and two grandchildren, said he had worked at the Market Hall for almost 18 years.
"I've cycled every day there and back and never had an accident before," he said.
"I feel really, really lucky to be alive. I can't believe someone did this. They could have left me for dead.
"I was wearing a reflective vest and had lights on my bike, so it's not like they couldn't see me.
"When people say you see your life flash before your eyes, they are very true.
"It has shocked me and has made me see my life in a different way now.
"I want to get back on my bike eventually but I know that every car I see will remind me of the accident."
Paul's mum, Lillian Day, said she was "disgusted" and "shocked" that her son had been involved in a hit-and-run collision.
The 75-year-old, of Sidney Street, Derby, said: "I'm absolutely furious. Paul could have been killed.
"He is a son, a husband, a father and a grandfather and I can't imagine what would have happened if he was taken from us."
A Derbyshire police spokeswoman said: "We would urge anyone with information about the driver or car to come forward so that we can make further investigations."