Police launch fresh appeal on 14th anniversary of Harrogate cyclist’s hit-and-run death

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POLICE investigating the death of a Harrogate cyclist 14 years ago have launched a fresh appeal for information on the anniversary of the tragedy.

Stefan Forge, 47, died on August 22 2001 after being hit by an unknown vehicle as he cycled with a friend along the A658 towards Buttersyke Bar near Harrogate.

The vehicle that hit Stefan and his friend at around 11.15pm failed to stop at the scene.

Tragically Stefan died from his injuries. His friend, who was severely traumatised by the incident, survived serious injuries.

Police investigating the collision are now carrying out a review of the case.

They are appealing to anyone who has any information but has not contacted the police.

Sgt Ian Pope of North Yorkshire Police’s major collision investigation unit, who is carrying out the review, said: “14 years have passed since Stefan died and I am hoping that with the passage of time, someone is now in a position to come forward with information that can help our investigation.

​“Stefan’s family have had to carry on with their lives, not knowing the full circumstances of his death or who was responsible.

“We are still working on behalf of them, and hope that someone with that vital piece of information that will lead us to the identity of the vehicle and its driver, is out there.

“It may be that back in 2001, they felt they could not come forward with that information, but perhaps circumstances have changed and they are now in a position to share that information.

“For the sake of Stefan and his family, I urge you to please get in touch and tell us what you know.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Ian Pope, or email ian.pope@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.