81-year-old cyclist recovering after crash

81-year-old Idwal Jones (pictured with his daughter Jenny Lomas) is recovering at Louth County Hospital.
81-year-old Idwal Jones (pictured with his daughter Jenny Lomas) is recovering at Louth County Hospital.

A North Somercotes man is recovering in hospital after being hit by a driver who left the scene without providing his contact details.

Idwal Jones, 81, has lived in North Somercotes village for most of his life and cycles around 20-miles every day.

“It’s the shock of it more than anything. But this shows that looking after your neighbours is important.”

Jenny Lomas

Last Tuesday (February 17), Mr Jones was cycling back towards his home, when he reached the staggered junction between Jubilee Road and Keeling Street.

Despite wearing his high-visibility jacket and checking the road before crossing, he was hit by a vehicle and knocked off his bicycle, causing injuries to his head, hips, arms and one of his legs.

Mr Jones has been in the Manby ward at Louth County Hospital since the collision.

The driver of the car stopped, but he did not leave his contact details - which, given the circumstances, is a criminal offence.

The incident was reported to police the following day, and the driver was traced and voluntarily interviewed by police.

The driver was not arrested or charged, and Lincolnshire Police’s Collision Investigation Team will determine whether any further action needs to 
be taken.

Mr Jones’s daughter, Jenny Lomas, said that she wants to raise awareness about older road users.

Ms Lomas said: “It’s the shock of it more than anything. But this shows that looking after your neighbours is important.”