London cycle courier hurt in hit-and-run appeals for rent
PUBLISHED: 07:09 21 March 2016 | UPDATED: 09:48 21 March 2016
A London bike courier who was left so badly injured in a hit-and-run crash that he can't work has taken to the internet for help paying his rent.
Damien Doughty, 37, was knocked off his bike in Victorian Grove on February 10. He told the Evening Standard he “thought he was going to die” in the road rage incident in Stoke Newington.
The driver did not stop at the scene and police have made no arrests.
Meanwhile Mr Doughty, who works as a freelance courier and receives no sick pay, had to spend two weeks in the Royal London Hospital with a lacerated liver, punctured lung, internal bleeding and a broken right hand.
Doctors have said he must not cycle whilst his body heals - which could take another two months. Mr Doughty had another job lined up, but it fell through, and he is now living off of his credit card whilst he searches for office work.
When he left the hospital he was given a £300 grant by the London Courier Emergency Fund, but as his rent of £380 becomes due, he has started selling off his belongings and has set up a crowd-funder in the hope of getting some help.
The injured cyclist, who has lost two stone in the month since the crash, says: “This is a long shot and I certainly don’t expect any help but if you can then please do, it’ll certainly help me out of a bit of a pickle!”