A CYCLIST in his 50s was taken to hospital after being left on the ground by a motorist who was involved in a crash with his bicycle.

It happened in Darlington just after 12pm on Friday.

Police said the cyclist, who is a local man in his mid-50s, suffered hip injuries in the collision in Geneva Lane.

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Police were called to the scene at about 12.05pm following reports of a collision between a bike and a car.

A Durham Police spokesman had said it was believed both the car and bicycle had been stationary at traffic lights, but the cyclist has been in touch to say that is not the case.

He said the vehicle had slowed down, before speeding up and braking sharply, causing him to collide with the car.

The spokesman added: "The car appears to have applied its brakes sharply and the cyclist has collided with the back of the vehicle, causing him to fall from his bike.

“The car then appears to have left the scene, leaving the cyclist injured on the path.”

The man was taken to Darlington Memorial Hospital suffering hip injuries.

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