A FURIOUS cyclist has told how he ‘could have been killed’ when a hit-and-run driver knocked him off his bike while he was cycling home.
Outraged Ken Johnson said he will never ride his bike again after being involved in the collision.
He was cycling in Northern Parade, when he collided with a Peugeot 206.
The impact sent the 50-year-old flying into the air before he landed on his head, knocking him out and causing serious injuries to his face and mouth.
But Mr Johnson, of Stubbington, said his injuries could have been fatal had he not been wearing his helmet – which cracked apart by the force of the impact.
The smash happened on the day after The News revealed that Portsmouth is one of the most dangerous places in the UK for cyclists, with more injuries here than anywhere else outside London.
I’m quite an active but this has probably stopped me ever cycling againKen Johnson
The dad-of-two, who can’t remember much of the crash, said: ‘It’s been very upsetting.
‘I’m quite active but this has probably stopped me ever cycling again.
‘I was saved by my crash helmet, which is cracked all the way through.
‘I can swear on my life that crash helmet saved me. I could have died.’
The collision took place between 10.20pm and 11pm on Friday, October 14.
Mr Johnson, who describes himself as a ‘safe, responsible cyclist’, was riding home after a night out with friends.
He says the last thing he remembers before hitting the car was the vehicle making an unexpected emergency stop in front of him, close to the Oakwood Road junction.
Bystanders rushed to the bloodied dad’s aid as he drifted in and out of consciousness on the pavement. The driver of the car was nowhere to be seen.
Mr Johnson was rushed to Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, where he stayed in intensive care for the night.
The impact knocked two of his teeth out and left him was a swollen face and a damaged neck.
Police have since appealed for witnesses to the incident to come forward.
Mr Johnson wished to praise the work of the emergency services and of the Good Samaritans who helped him.
But he added that the city’s streets were too dangerous for cyclists.
‘It only takes a second for a lack of concentration that can kill somebody,’ he added.
Witnesses can call 101 quoting 44160389169, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.