Cyclist's dismay as hit-and-run driver 'gets away' with hospitalising her
- Credit: Helen Webster
A cyclist left with broken bones and a spinal fracture following a hit-and-run incident has spoken of her anguish at seeing the perpetrator "get away with it".
Helen Webster, 45, was cycling along the A1067 in Lenwade, near Norwich, back in April when she says she was hit by a swerving caravan attached to an overtaking car.
She was hospitalised and left with two broken ribs, a broken collarbone, spinal fracture and bust lip — and says she still hasn't recovered, neither mentally nor physically.
Despite the driver of the caravan failing to stop, the project engineer from Dereham, now living in Watton, was hopeful police could bring the guilty party to justice.
But on August 25, Ms Webster received an email saying no further action would be taken.
It read: "The police are required to apply evidential tests against the evidence gathered to allow a case to proceed through the criminal process.
"An investigation has been completed and on the evidence available a decision maker, experienced in road traffic matters, has concluded the evidential tests have not been met to satisfy criminal offences relating to this collision."
The letter did say, however, that the investigation had "opened up lines of enquiry" relating to driving document offences which would be pursued.
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A Norfolk Constabulary spokeswoman said: "We are currently reviewing this case and will keep the victim updated on developments.”
Ms Webster said: "It's heartbreaking to see they've got away with it after what they did.
"I just wish they'd stopped when they saw me lying on the road."
And despite being in a lot of pain due to her injuries months later — as well as suffering from PTSD while out cycling — she plans to go ahead with the nine-day fundraiser beginning this Saturday.
"There's no way I'm letting them beat me," she said.
"Even if I have to push my bike up every hill I come across, I am absolutely going through with this fundraiser. I can't not. You've got to stay positive no matter how hard it is."
You can donate to Ms Webster's fundraiser by going to Helen Webster's Ride Across Britain on virginmoneygiving.com