Pensioner fighting for life after collision with hit and run motorcyclist

A pensioner  is in a critical condition after a collision with a motorbike in Wythenshawe. 

The incident happened at about 1.45pm on Friday 19 June on Rowlandsway in Wythenshawe.

Officers attended and found the man, who is believed to be 67-years-old, had suffered a very serious head injury and has been taken to hospital where he is described as being in a life-threatening condition. 

The rider of the motorbike then abandoned the bike immediately following the collision and ran off on foot. He is described as being white, 19-20-years-old, of a skinny build and wearing a navy blue jumper with ‘ECKO’ written in baby blue-coloured writing across the chest, dark blue or black trousers and dark trousers.

He was wearing a blue balaclava with ski-style goggles underneath. He was not wearing a helmet.

He fled down Wavell Road and was seen limping with an apparent injury to one of his legs.      

At the time of the collision, he was also riding alongside another motorbike which also did not stop at the scene. The abandoned bike is described as being a maroon-coloured Kawasaki 500cc said to be in a dirty, rusty condition.

The second bike was described a being red and white and again, the rider was not wearing a helmet.

Sgt Mark Thomas, from Greater Manchester Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “The details of this incident are still quite sketchy but what we do know is that two motorbikes were riding along Rowlandsway towards Simonsway when one of the riders collided with this elderly man. 

“He is in a critical condition and has been taken to hospital to be treated for a serious head injury which is described as being life-threatening.

“As a result, the rider abandoned the bike and ran off and the second motorcyclist also did not stop at the scene. “We have now issued good descriptions of the rider who abandoned his bike and the bike itself. We firmly believe someone in the community will know who these two motorcyclists are based on the descriptions we have issued, and we would urge anyone with information to come forward.

“The victim’s condition is life-threatening and I would urge people in the community who either witnessed what happened or who know the identity of these two riders to call us. 

“I am also urging the two riders themselves, one of whom we believe has suffered an injury to his leg, to please do the right thing and come forward now.” 

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. 

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