A badly-injured civilian police worker is appealing to the public to help find a hit-and-run driver who caused him to come off his motorbike and left him for dead.
Barry Brenson, from Bromley, was left with a double fracture to his foot and torn ankle ligaments meaning he will not be able to work for at least a month, following the crash on Tuesday, November 20.
The 62-year-old was at the junction of Nightingale Lane and Ramsden Road, in Balham, at about 9.55am, when the driver suddenly pulled out in front of him.
He was forced to break and went flying over the handlebars, while the woman driving the dark blue Volkswagen people carrier briefly stopped before driving off.
Witnesses rushed to Mr Brenson’s aid as he lay sprawled on the ground, but unfortunately nobody was able to get the numberplate of the Volkswagen.
His Kawasaki bike, which suffered more than £1,000 damage, has been completely written-off.
The expericenced motorcyclist has vowed never to ride a bike again because of the trauma he has suffered since the incident.
Describing the crash, the overtime clerk at Earlsfield police station said: “She shot out right in front of me.
“She stopped very briefly, and just drove off.
“I have broken my foot, torn ligaments and can’t walk on it.
“I didn’t see her at all, but just the side of the car flashing next to me because I was going over the handlebars.
“My crash helmet was a total write-off too.
“The people that came to my help thought I had a head injury, if I had not had the helmet on I would've been dead.”
His partner, Linda Reynolds, appealed to the female driver’s conscience and urged her to come forward.
She said: “If she has any sense of remorse for what she knows she has done perhaps she would come forward or if anyone happened to get her registration number would they please contact the police.”
Police have been unable to find any CCTV footage of the incident or any car nearby resembling the vehicle.
Mr Brenson is remaining hopeful that someone may have witnessed the crash, or that this story may prompt the driver to report it.
Chief Inspector Dawn Morris said: “We are thankful that our member of staff has not been seriously injured and is recovering well at home.
“Obviously he would be off duty now and enquiries continue to trace the driver. We believe the driver of the car is female.
“We would ask any member of staff who has information or any witnesses to contact police.”
Did you see anything? If you can help contact Wandsworth Police on the non-emergency 101 number.