Hunt is on for driver after bike hit-and-run in Hemel Hempstead

Hit-and-run victim Reece Phillips, 16, with his Derbi Senda Xtreme
Hit-and-run victim Reece Phillips, 16, with his Derbi Senda Xtreme

The family of a teenager motorcyclist who broke his foot in a hit-and-run incident is appealing for witnesses to help find the culprit.

Reece Phillips, 16, was riding his Derbi Senda Xtreme along Fletcher Way in Hemel Hempstead on Saturday morning when a car tried to overtake him.

The driver swerved to avoid a traffic island but the front of the car – a black VW Golf GTI or TDI – crushed Reece’s foot against the bike, sending his shoe flying down the road.

They then drove off without stopping, leaving Reece’s friend Ross Jellis, who was on his pushbike, to help him back home.

A woman travelling in the car behind stopped and said she’d taken down most of the offender’s number plate.

Reece said: “I didn’t think to take the details from her. I was in a bit of a state.”

Reece’s dad Marc said: “We want to say thank you to her for stopping, and to ask if she could get in touch with us.”

Reece – who lives a few hundred yards from where he was hit – said the motorist who hit him was female, had dark hair pulled back, and was in her early thirties.

Marc said: “There’s a bit of paint on Reece’s pedal, so she’ll need to take her car to the garage. It’ll be obvious she’s hit something.”

There was no lasting damage to the bike, which was only bought the day before.

Reece – who is studying carpentry at West Herts College – had a plaster cast fitted on Monday, which has to stay on for a month.

The teen, who turns 17 on Saturday, said: “I want to know what she was thinking. If she’d waited a second, she could have overtaken and missed me and the bollards.”

Marc said: “It could have been so much worse, but she’s just callous. She didn’t even stop to ask him if he was all right.”

Police urge witnesses to call 101 and quote log number 339 of September 21 if they have any information about the incident, which happened between 11.30am and noon.