Hit-and-run driver left hurt biker in road

Middleton Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - ALEXAN­DRA RUCKI

ABIKER was left un­con­scious in the mid­dle of the road fol­low­ing a hit-and-run in Mid­dle­ton.

Michael Tait was driv­ing home from work when a car pulled up in front of him on Bow­ness Road, on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 22, at around 4.40pm.

The 29-year-old did not have enough time to brake and he struck the car.

Michael, went over the blue Mazda and was knocked un­con­scious as he landed. His hand was badly in­jured af­ter smash­ing through the car’s wind­screen. The driver of the Mazda fled from the scene.

A pass­ing bus driver came to Michael’s aid and helped to flag down a po­lice of­fi­cer. Michael’s wife, Alexan­dra, ar­rived to the scene shortly af­ter­wards and drove him to hospi­tal.

Michael was left suf­fer­ing with a bro­ken arm, a deep gash to his hand, an in­jured foot and back, and burns.

Michael has since been re­leased from hospi­tal and is now re­cov­er­ing at home. How­ever, the dadof-two is un­able to re­turn to his job as a welder and needs time to re­cover.

No ar­rests have been made af­ter the col­li­sion and po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

Michael was di­ag­nosed with autism last year and his fam­ily have said he has over­come a lot in life.

His friends have since launched a crowd­fund­ing ap­peal to raise money to re­place Michael’s mo­tor­bike, which was badly dam­aged in the col­li­sion.

The cash would also help sup­port the fam­ily as Michael is the main earner and does not re­ceive sick pay.

His wife said the bike en­abled Michael to have in­de­pen­dence to get to and from work. She said: “I was there im­me­di­ately af­ter the ac­ci­dent. Michael has just re­cently been di­ag­nosed with autism.

“He is a fully-func­tion­ing autis­tic man. He works, he is ex­tremely clever and an ex­tremely ta­lented welder.

“Be­cause Michael is autis­tic, the bike gave him in­de­pen­dence for get­ting to and from work. Michael finds it hard com­ing to terms that some­one would leave him for dead.”

A spokesman for Greater Manch­ester Po­lice said: “A mo­tor­cy­cle was in col­li­sion with a blue Mazda that failed to re­main at the scene. En­quiries are on­go­ing.”

Any wit­nesses or any­one with fur­ther in­for­ma­tion can con­tact GMP on 101.

To make a do­na­tion visit gofundme.com/mid­dle­ton-hit-and-run-fam­ily-fund

Daniel Coyne

Michael Tait (in­set) in hospi­tal

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