Motorists fail to stop after teen crashes his motorbike

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A 17-year-old Alnwick student was left battered and bruised after a motorbike accident and is now appealing to find the driver of a car travelling the other way.

Nick Scrimshaw, who is in the Sixth Form at the Duchess’s Community High School, was riding back from Craster at around noon on Saturday.

The blind corner where the accident took place on Windyside Hill.

The blind corner where the accident took place on Windyside Hill.

Heading back towards Little Mill, on Windyside Hill, Nick was about a quarter of the way through a blind corner when a silver Vauxhall five-door car came the opposite way in the middle of the road.

This forced the teenager, who has been riding for 18 months, to swerve to the far left of the road in an attempt to avoid the motorist.

Nick went into some loose gravel, lost traction and slid 150 yards across the road. Not only did that car not stop, but another 10 or so went past without offering any help, before finally a couple did stop.

The couple helped him move his bike to a safer place on the side of the road.

He suffered scrapes all over his foot and abrasive burns on his left hip and leg as he landed on that side and his leg was trapped beneath the bike as he slid across the tarmac.

Now, the family is hoping that the driver of the silver car can be tracked down for insurance purposes.

His mum Karen said: “What’s quite upsetting is that he’s got fully-comprehensive insurance, but his excess is £500 and they will probably write the bike off.

“Plus there’s all his gear, his clothing’s been damaged and his helmet has to be replaced.

“He’s a young lad and he doesn’t have that type of money. There’s the £500 and his premium will go through the roof.”

She added: “I must admit I was very shocked that no one would stop.”

Nick said: “I asked the couple that stopped whether they rode motorbikes. They did, which is why they stopped I suppose.

“That’s the only thing I’m worried about, not travelling alone, but the fact that no one stops. It only takes five seconds to check if someone’s okay.”