A cyclist who dragged himself off a main road after being hit by a car has told how he could have died.
Dad-of-two Barry Dixon was left with a shattered vertebrae and, fearing he could be hit by another vehicle, had to haul himself out of harm’s way.
The incident happened on the A183/A19 roundabout, near to Offerton, at 5.10am on October 8.
Barry remembers seeing the silhouette of a dark-coloured car which “was a family hatchback shape” before it went into the side of him.
“They left me in a heap on the floor to the mercy of my wounds,” he said.
“If I didn’t have the strength to pull myself out of the situation I could have been one of those killed by a secondary vehicle.”
Barry was wearing a head torch, a high-visibility jacket and vest, and had reflector strips on his wheels at the time of the collision.
Though he usually wears a helmet, he was not wearing one that day as he couldn’t find the correct strap.
Barry, who lives in Grindon with wife Jacqui, wants to thank the motorist who came to his rescue and called emergency services.
After pulling himself off the road, an orange and white van came back around the roundabout to his aid.
The driver was the one who called the ambulance.
An X-ray at the hospital revealed that Barry had a shattered vertebrae.
He remains on strong pain medication and is due to have more scans to check the damage.
The 47-year-old was previously in the army, and served as a member of the Territorial Army while working for Unipres, his current employer.
“The doctors said if it wasn’t for the fact I am so fit and agile, my injuries could have been so much worse,” Barry added.
The dad has also stressed that he understands there are blind spots in cars, and that the driver may have thought they had hit a traffic cone, or a piece of debris.
He said: “Please come forward and hand yourself in.
“They will get caught and if they have got to be chased the consequences will be far worse.
“I don’t hold a grudge.”
Northumbria Police is appealing for witnesses to the collision, and those with any information should contact 101, quoting reference 137 081015.