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Plea over 100mph hit-and-run near Banbridge: motorcyclist told to turn himself in after pensioner loses leg

BY ADRIAN RUTHERFORD

The family of a pensioner who lost a leg after being struck in a high-speed hit-and-run have urged the culprit to turn himself in.

The 70-year-old was crossing the road close to the Halfway House restaurant near Banbridge when he was hit by a motorcyclist. Eyewitnesses estimated the biker was speeding at over 100mph.

The victim suffered horrific injuries, with doctors forced to amputate his right leg the following day, and he remained in hospital for a week. However, police have been unable to trace the motorcyclist involved.

The daughter of the victim called on anyone who witnessed the collision or can identify the culprit to contact police.

"We're just appealing for anyone who knows anything to come forward," she told the Belfast Telegraph.

"My message to the person responsible is to do the decent thing. To leave someone in the road not knowing whether they are dead or alive is just spineless."

The accident happened around 8pm on Good Friday, April 18. The victim was crossing the carriageway at the bottom of Lisnaward Hill, about a mile from where he lives, when the bike hit him. Two people who saw it happen were quickly on the scene and tended the man, who remained conscious throughout.

A passing St John Ambulance was flagged down and gave assistance until emergency services arrived.

The victim was taken to Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital with a suspected broken leg.

He was taken to theatre the following day, but had to have his leg removed above the knee.

However, he has made good progress and was allowed to return home last Friday evening.

"Dad is in good spirits but has a long road ahead of him. He's very lucky to be alive," his daughter added.

The woman said there was no excuse for the motorcyclist leaving the scene.

Witnesses believe the motorcyclist entered the carriageway from the Gowdystown Road before heading towards Banbridge.

Detectives are appealing for anyone with information about the motorcyclist to contact police in Banbridge on 101.

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