Cyclist badly injured in A1 hit and run

Gavin Cranidge who was hit by a lorry while cycling on the A1. Photo supplied
Gavin Cranidge who was hit by a lorry while cycling on the A1. Photo supplied
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A cyclist from Grantham is recovering in hospital after being hit by a lorry on the A1 near Gonerby Moor on Wednesday morning (8 February).

Gavin Cranidge, of Norton Street, Grantham, was left lying on the side of the road with a shattered pelvis after the lorry smashed into him and drove off.

His wife Hazel said: “I think he’s lucky to be alive, thank goodness he was wearing a helmet because that was snapped in half.

“The paramedic said nine out of 10 times when they attend accidents like that it is a fatality. We have to be thankful that someone was looking after him, man versus lorry doesn’t always work out like that.”

A passer-by saw Gavin’s bike at the side of the road and called the ambulance, which took him to Lincoln County Hospital.

Hazel said: “We are very grateful to the chap that stopped.

“Gavin had managed to shuffle off the road and on to the verge but the bike was in the road. Only one person stopped to help.”

Normally Gavin cycles to work at Marston Trailers along the back roads but he decided to use the A1 to avoid the icy conditions.

Hazel said: “He thought it would be safer.

“He’s happy to think about getting back on the bike and he’s grateful that I insisted he got himself a helmet, I think he would advise anyone else to wear one. But I don’t think he will ever go on the A1 again. The back roads might be icy but he won’t go back there again.”

Doctors are currently deciding whether to operate on Gavin’s injuries.

Hazel said: “He was in a lot of shock on Wednesday, he is a bit better today because he’s had some medication.

“He’s ok as long as he doesn’t move. He can’t even pull himself up with his hands because it hurts so much. We’re waiting to see what they are going to do but he’s going to be off work for at least two months.”

Police are appealing for any witnesses to the collision or the driver to get in contact with them as soon as possible.

The accident took place at 6.50am on Wednesday. If you have any information call 101 and quote incident 26 of February 8.