Hit-and-run victim calls for cycle safety

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A man left wheelchair-bound after being struck by a hit-and-run driver has called for better protection for cyclists following a spate of deaths on UK roads last year.

Former engineer Graham Andrews, 45, suffered devastating spinal injuries after being knocked eight feet into the air by a motorist as he cycled to a nearby beach one Sunday evening nearly six years ago.

Two passers-by alerted by his flashing red light found him sprawled unconscious on a grass verge two hours later and called the emergency services.

His bicycle was found 15ft away following the rear-end crash in Rustington, West Sussex, in March 2008. The driver has never been traced.

In a year which has seen more than a dozen cyclists killed on London’s roads alone, father-of-three Mr Andrews has called for better safety measures for riders.

Mr Andrews, from East Preston near Worthing, said: “More needs to be done to make the roads safe.”