Father and brother of hit and run cyclist appeal for information

A BROTHER of a young cyclist tragically killed while on his way to work has made an emotional appeal to the public to come forward with information.

Paul Brady was cycling north on the A19 last Friday morning when he was involved in a hit and run collision, around 200 metres north of the Silverlink roundabout just before 7.50am.

The 23-year-old, from Lumley Road in Durham, died from multiple injuries at the scene.

His brother Christopher and dad John have both pleaded with anyone who has information about the incident, no matter how small, to get in touch with police to give them peace of mind.

Christopher spoke fondly of his younger brother and explained how he has been unable to break the news to his young daughter that uncle Paul won't be able to play with her any more.

He said: "This accident has robbed our family of the wonderful human being that Paul was.

"I was immensely proud of Paul, but being working class lads from the north east, I never told him those things.

"I can't bring myself to tell my little girl that uncle Paul won't be there to play with her when we go round to mam's house."

Christopher, who also has two younger sisters, said part of the family's torment was not knowing what happened and trying to make sense of it all, and that the public could help to end this pain.

Paul was cycling to his job at George Stephenson High School in Killingworth where he had been working as a lab technician as part of his year out from studying.

He had just finished a degree at Cambridge University and was working for a year before taking a Masters.

It is possible that the keen sportsman had been hit by a large vehicle and the driver is not aware of the injuries that have been caused.

Fighting back tears, his father John, a retired chief inspector with Northumbria Police said: "Paul was a wonderful man who had his whole life ahead of him.

"His family and friends are absolutely devastated.

"This is a busy road and someone must have seen what happened.

"Did you see a cyclist?

"Did you see an accident or see a HGV vehicle or large vehicle and cyclist at the same time.

"It is possible that the driver of the large vehicle is not aware of the injuries.

"His family and friends desperately need to know what happened, if you were there or seen something please, please please contact the police."

Enquiries are still ongoing into the collision, which police have described as a tragic incident involving Paul losing his young life.

Chief Inspector Vince Stubbs said: "It is possible a heavy goods vehicle may have been involved in a collision with Paul and the driver may not be aware that they have been involved."

Anyone who has any information about the collision or who was driving a heavy goods vehicle on that road at the time is asked to contact police on 08456 043043 ext 63387.