Teenage cyclist knocked off bike in Norwich

A mother is appealing for a woman who knocked her son off his bike to come forward.

Jordan Read, 17, was cycling home from City College Norwich to his home in Thurlow Close, Bowthorpe on Thursday, December 15, when he was knocked off his Claud Butler racing bike at the Clover Hill roundabout.

He rolled over the bonnet before landing on the side of the road. It happened between 5pm and 5.30pm.

Jordan's mother, Nicola Ward, said: 'The woman got out of her car and asked Jordan if he was alright. He said he was and she drove off.

'He came home with a bike wheel in one hand and his bike frame in the other and said he had been hit by a car.

'I am very annoyed because I know if I had done it, I wouldn't leave a 17-year-old to walk home.'

Ms Ward, who works as a clerical assistant at the UEA said: 'My message would be for drivers to be more careful but also as a mother I wouldn't leave a child - he is still a youngster and they don't know what to do. He could have walked down the road and collapsed.

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'It has made him more cautious.

'It's a scary thing to happen to anyone at any age and you don't think to exchange details at the time.'

Jordan, who is studying for A-levels in psychology, history and English, had four lights on the front of his bike and two on the back. He also had some reflective strips on the bike.

Ms Ward said: 'We are all cyclists in our family. His Claud Butler bike was a present last Christmas. I don't think it can be repaired because the wheel is buckled and the seat is damaged. We need to see how much it will cost - the bike cost around �300.

'They thought Jordan had a compound fracture to his ankle but it was just bad bruising.'

On Tuesday, December 20, Ms Ward's partner, Gary Read, was knocked off his bike. He spent a night in the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and received stitches to his head.

Mr Read, who works as a forklift truck operator, was cycling home from the local surgery when he was knocked over in Jarrold Way in Bowthorpe.

'Seeing his dad (Gary) in hospital has shaken him. Jordan looked at Gary and said 'it could have been me'.'

Mr Read expressed this thanks to the emergency services who arrived quickly and efficiently.

*Anyone with information or who witnessed the crash is asked to call Norfolk police on 101.

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