'Catch him before he kills'

PUBLISHED: 11:27 17 May 2007 | UPDATED: 22:47 28 May 2010

Stuart Potts recovering at home from his injuries.

Stuart Potts recovering at home from his injuries.

HIT-and-run victim Stuart Potts says the driver of a silver Rover MG 25 who ploughed into him must be caught before he kills someone. Anyone prepared to drive up, mow you down, and then drive round you and clear off shouldn t be on the road, said Mr Pot

HIT-and-run victim Stuart Potts says the driver of a silver Rover MG 25 who ploughed into him must be caught before he kills someone.

"Anyone prepared to drive up, mow you down, and then drive round you and clear off shouldn't be on the road," said Mr Potts.

The 40-year-old businessman was left with a broken ankle and head injuries after being tossed into the air when the car ran into his cycle in the centre of Whittlesey.

Mr Potts, whose mother, Councillor Pam Potts, has just completed a two-year stint as chairman of Fenland District Council and is the new chairman of Whittlesey Town Council, said he was publicising his assault in an attempt to find the driver.

"I am not doing it for me, I'm doing it for some other poor sod who could be in a worse situation," said Mr Potts. "I'm a pretty hard cookie but that's not really the point. That could easily have been someone's grandchild on that cycle or an old person mowed down.

"I know he saw me because he came past the Market Place and I was watching him. He slowed erratically then decided to take the junction towards the police station.

"But he later just slammed on the accelerator and took the bike from under me, throwing me into the air and over the car."

Mr Potts landed by the side of the car, with one hand on the kerb and the other on the road.

"I had enough time to see where I was going to fall. Unfortunately my head caught the serrated edge of the kerb," he said.

"There was plenty of blood, over the kerb and on my jacket. The lad stopped for three seconds, perhaps five. Where the car was parked he had to back up, then went down Queen Street and past the police station and away. But he saw me injured and did nothing."

Mr Potts has told police there were four people in the Market Place, and at least one witness has offered to help the police.

"I phoned my partner and she took me through to hospital and I came out on Monday evening," he said.

His injuries mean he must employ a driver to help him in the short term keep his business ticking over.

"I do 35,000 a miles a year as a potato merchant and have to sample growers' produce every day," he said. "At the moment I am completely incapacitated and have to employ someone."

A police spokesman said: "We would appeal to anyone who witnessed the collision or thinks they may know the driver of the car to contact us.

"Any information, no matter how small, could prove vital in tracing this person.

CONTACT: Police on 0845 456 4564 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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