51-Year-Old Melbourne Cyclist Suffers Serious Spinal Injuries in Shocking Hit and Run

Published 01/24/2024, 5:14 AM EST

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Citizens of Melbourne expressed horror upon discovering two separate hit-and-run incidents involving elderly cyclists. Of the two cases, 51-year-old Glen Gibson, the first victim of rash driving, is in the hospital with serious injuries to his spine. The cyclist is lucky to be alive after almost being run down on the road.

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These two incidents highlight a larger issue at play: the safety of a cyclist on the road. The accident took place in the wee hours of the morning, around 5 a.m., and authorities are still in pursuit of the perpetrator. Let’s dive into how the incidents unfolded and what the investigations so far have revealed.

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Glen Gibson, a Victorian and father of two, was out on his morning ride when tragedy struck for the cyclist. He was riding down on Beach Rd, near Charman Rd., in Cheltenham, when an unidentified vehicle violently crashed into him. A video of the brutal accident was available online, and users expressed great shock and couldn’t believe he made it out alive.

The impact of the crash was so severe that it shattered the window of the passenger seat in front. The driver of the car escaped immediately and left Gibson on his own. His friend Rob informed the media that he fractured three vertebrae in his back.

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“This could have been an absolute tragedy. As soon as we found out it was a deliberate act, it just accentuates the impact this has on everyone. Very unnecessary, very sad.”
Authorities are still scrambling to search for the driver of the car, whose violent escapades did not finish with Gibson’s accident.

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After fleeing the scene from the first crash, the driver made his way ahead and wreaked havoc at Beaumauris. He once again deliberately ran over another 72-year-old cyclist, leaving him with serious injuries as well.

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It was almost a mirror image of the accident that had happened just a few minutes ago. A user on Instagram shared a video of the two incidents, showing just how dangerous they were. The car’s window was heavily damaged in both incidents. Since the videos posted online focused on the cyclist’s condition, identifying the driver is even harder.

Authorities have made a plea to citizens to offer any available information, but Gibson’s friend Rob had a more stern request and said, “They can’t hide forever, if they’re gonna be stupid enough to put stuff online. Fingers crossed it’s sooner rather than later. I hope no one else gets hurt in the process. So hand yourselves in.”

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