Leicester

Wigston attack: Biker loses eye when hit by thrown egg

Marc Toone
Image caption Marc Toone is waiting to find out whether he can continue with his job as a chef

A motorcyclist was left "howling with pain" after being being blinded in one eye by a missile from a passing car.

Marc Toone, 31, was hit in the face by an egg as he drove on Newton Lane, Wigston, Leicestershire, on Friday night.

Despite being rushed to hospital by his fiancée, doctors said they could not save his right eye.

A 17-year-old was arrested in Staffordshire on Saturday on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

Mr Toone was travelling back from his job as a chef at about 23:15 GMT on Friday.

He had the visor of his helmet up when an oncoming car with its lights on full beam dazzled him.

Image caption Mr Toone pulled over after being hit and found his face was dripping blood

He said: "As the car passed me I felt something hit me in the face and then I felt something dripping down my cheek.

"I stopped the bike, took my helmet off and realised my hand was covered in blood.

"I rang [my fiancée] and all she got was me howling in pain."

His fiancée, Sarah Simms, said she was "horrified" by what she saw and "broke every speed limit" driving him to hospital.

Mr Toone said: "The fact I have lost vision in my right eye is horrifying, and all because of someone's childish act in a car - it is just stupid.

"And if they do it again, the next person on a motorbike might crash their bike and they might not get up again."

He is waiting to find out whether he can continue with his job.

Police confirmed the suspect had been released on police bail.

They also said a number of other incidents had been reported in the area and a red 69-plate Seat Leon car had been recovered.

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