Police seek motorist after Eastbourne cyclist is seriously injured

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Police are trying to trace the female driver of a car involved in an incident with a cyclist in Eastbourne this week.

They believe the woman motorist may not realise she was involved after pulling into the path of the cyclist.

A 46-year-old Eastbourne man was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton following the incident on East Dean Road. He suffered serious injuries to his chest, which were not assessed as life-threatening, according to police, as well as less serious injuries to his arms and face.

Police say the incident happened at around 5.30pm last Monday afternoon, July 15, on the A259 between the Downs Golf Club and the Youth Hostel Association building.

The cyclist was heading down East Dean Road into Eastbourne and had just passed the Downs Golf Course. The car was heading in the opposite direction uphill, and had stopped in the centre of the road, indicating a right turn onto the hard standing outside the YHA. The woman driver appeared to have seen the cyclist but as the cyclist drew near the car pulled across its path causing the cyclist to brake hard and take avoiding action by mounting the footpath.

The rider lost control of his bicycle and landed on the ground where he was knocked unconscious.

PC Michael Dunn of the Sussex Road Policing Unit at Polegate said: “We are seeking any witnesses to this incident and want to trace the driver of the car and the car the vehicle itself.

“As there was no actual contact between the cyclist and the car, the driver may not realise that she has been involved in a collision, but we do need to speak to her.”

Anyone who can help is asked to call us on 101 quoting serial 0757 of 15/7. You can also email collision.appeal@sussex,.pnn.police.uk