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Cyclist aged 5 injured after adult rider crashes into him then rides off

Freddie-Lee Simmons-Fletcher was riding home from school with family

A five-year-old boy who was riding his bike home from school with his three siblings, his mother and one of her friends needed hospital treatment after he was knocked off his bike by an adult cyclist who then rode off.

The Hull Daily Mail, which has dashcam footage of the incident, reports that Freddie-Lee Simmons-Fletcher needed to be taken to hospital by ambulance for treatment to cuts and bruises to his face following the incident on Friday afternoon, which happened as he and his family rode along a footpath.

The cyclist who crashed into the youngster also came off his bike but immediately remounted a made off from the scene in Greenwood Avenue, North Hull, in what Freddie-Lee’s father, Daniel Fletcher, described as a “hit and run” incident.

"I'm so angry as a parent about what happened and I can't believe the man just rode off without helping,” he said. “It's a hit and run, no matter whether the accident happened with a car or bike and we've reported it to the police.

"I want the man finding and punishing and I want him to explain how he could a five-year-old boy in a pool of blood like he did. It's not fair what happened.

"It's lucky that Freddie didn't end up in intensive care with what happened, as it could've been so much worse."

He continued: "He had to be taken to hospital in an ambulance for treatment and now has two black eyes and is struggling to eat as he's in so much pain with his face, which is really sore.

“His eyebrow had to be glued and he has a big cut from it under his left eye as well as bruising.

"Freddie was so brave though even though he cried a lot over all the blood, and he's been so brave since.

“He's so good on his bike as well and knows his road safety and has never had an accident before,” he added.

“The man should have seen all the school kids on bikes and slowed down, but he didn't.”

The dashcam footage was submitted to the Hull Daily Mail by a motorist who was driving along Greenwood Avenue at the time the crash happened, after the newspaper launched an appeal to try and track down the adult cyclist.

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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