Family’s appeal after cyclist in hit and run

Recovering in hospital: cyclist Balraj Bhangle.

Recovering in hospital: cyclist Balraj Bhangle.

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A cyclist has suffered life changing injuries after being involved in a crash with a hit and run driver.

Dad of two Balraj Bhangle - known as Bali - suffered a punctured lung, broken ribs, internal bleeding and had to have his spleen removed after colliding with a car and smashing into railings in Brickhill.

The accident happened at around 9.45am on Saturday morning as the 51 year old cycled home from his work as an officer at Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre.

He was travelling along Brickhill Drive and was at the mini roundabout with Kestrel Road when the collision happened.

Now, as Bali, of Severn Way, recovers in Bedford Hospital his family are appealing for witnesses to come forward in a bid to track down the male driver of the red car involved in the accident.

Bali’s son Jesse said: “He has just come out of intensive care.

“He had internal bleeding and he has got a tube coming out of his stomach and a tube coming out of his chest.

“They are monitoring him 24/7. The consultant said to me they are just taking it day by day.

“I think he will have to be on antibiotics for the rest of his life.

“It was a real shock. He is usually so active and to see him like that is upsetting.”

Thankfully workers and shoppers at a nearby parade of shops came to Bali’s aid, which meant an ambulance arrived swiftly and rushed him to hospital where he underwent emergency surgery.

The car driver has not yet been traced.

Jesse said: “At least have the decency to stop and call an ambulance.”

Anyone with information about the accident can contact Bedfordshire Police via the non-emergency number 101.