‘Terrifying’ moment Bury St Edmunds cyclist was dragged behind car

Chris Matthews, 26, was struck by a car along the B1066 in Whepstead on June 19
Chris Matthews, 26, was struck by a car along the B1066 in Whepstead on June 19
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A cyclist from Bury St Edmunds has described the ‘terrifying’ moment a car hit him from behind, dragged his bike along the road and then drove off.

Chris Matthews, 26, from Bury St Edmunds, said he was cycling with friends on the B1066 in Whepstead at around 5pm on June 19 when an older looking silver Vauxhall Corsa beeped its horn and overtook him.

He said it then slowed down again, forcing the cyclists to pass.

The car then struck Chris’ back wheel, throwing him from his bike.

“It was a feeling of disbelief more than anything,” he said.
“The initial impact had thrown me straight off.

“I was dragged along for a metre or so before I got free from my bike.”

The car then drove off, reversing at one point to release Chris’ bike which had been caught underneath.

“When it first happened I was concerned how my bike was but then realised I was bleeding.

“It was terrifying moment. My bike was wrecked - the handlebars have been worn away. I have nothing broken thankfully but both my elbows and forearms have been scratched and grazed.

“It could have been a lot worse. As a cyclist you get a few irresponsible drivers but not in a million years would I expect someone to ram you from behind.”

Police are appealing for information to find the driver.

He is described as a white man in his late forties, of stocky build with short light-coloured/grey hair and was wearing a light blue shirt.

Call police on 101 with information.