Stoke & Staffordshire

Stoke motorbike crash victim John Parsons wants apology

The victim of a 'hit and run' has appealed for an apology from the car driver he said hit his motorcycle.

John Parsons was riding on the A500, close to the Festival Park roundabout in Stoke-on-Trent, when he was hit at about 22:00 GMT on 13 January.

He said a car changing lanes hit his bike causing him to lose control.

Mr Parsons, 24, from Stoke-on-Trent, was paralysed from the waist down when he arrived at hospital but has since regained some movement.

He has three fractures to his spine but said he was hopeful he would recover enough to be able to walk again.

Extreme pain

He said: "The (doctor) has quite a lot of hope I'll gain the use of my right leg and gain some use of my left leg.

"It will be enough to support myself but probably not enough to walk without an aid like a walking stick but I'll be able to walk which is the main thing."

Mr Parsons believes the car involved was a dark blue estate, possibly a Vauxhall.

He added: "I just want an apology. I can understand people have a lapse in judgement. I can understand people can make mistakes."

But he said he could not understand how someone could leave him lying in the road.

"I felt like I wasn't even worth someone coming up and apologising. It didn't feel like I was a proper person."

Mr Parsons works as an assistant manager at a Superdrug store in the city.

"I love riding bikes, that's a passion of mine that's now been taken away from me," he said.

Staffordshire Police have appealed for witnesses or anyone with information about the crash to get in touch.

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