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Oxford hit and run driver "almost ran over" cyclist's head as she fled scene

Stuart Meanwell thanks passer-by who prevented motorist from reversing over him as he lay on the ground

An Oxford cyclist has told of how a hit-and-run driver almost ran over his head as he lay on the ground and has thanked a passer-by for preventing the motorist from reversing over him.

Stuart Meanwell was knocked from his bike on the city’s Cowley Road on Friday by the driver of a black Ford Focus.

Writing on the Oxford Community page on Facebook on Saturday, he said: “I was nearly killed in a nasty hit and run incident on Cowley Road yesterday by the driver of a black Ford Focus, reg no Y699 JDF.

“An angry crowd of locals gathered round the car after the initial smash and as I was lying concussed on the road the driver nearly ran over my head as she reversed to get away.”

Police later discovered the vehicle involved in nearby Rose Hill. It is unclear whether the motorist has yet been traced, and anyone with information is requested to contact Thames Valley Police on 101 quoting the reference number 1079 9/8/19.

In a subsequent post to the group, Mr Meanwell, who was treated at hospital for minor injuries, said: “I would like to say a big thank you to all the Cowley Road locals who came to my assistance after a nasty hit and run incident on the corner of Cowley Road and Divinity Rd yesterday, especially the guy that stopped the car reversing back over me when I was lying in the road after the initial hit.

“You probably saved my life. I'm battered and bruised but will be OK,” he added.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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