A PENZANCE schoolboy whose brand new bike was destroyed when he was knocked over on his first ride to school is hoping the woman who hit him will come forward – and help pay for a new one.
Felix Bellamy, from Albert Terrace, saved up his pocket money and birthday money to buy the £129 mountain bike.
He was making his first solo foray across the prom towards Newlyn School last week when a car parked by the basketball courts at Wherrytown reversed into him.
Felix, 11, escaped with cuts and bruises but the bike was damaged beyond repair.
Although the women offered to give Felix a lift to school and offered to give him her details, the youngster was too shocked to respond and the women went on her way.
Now Felix and dad Paul Bellamy are hoping she will read his story in The Cornishman and offer to go halves on a new bike.
Paul said: “He was cycling behind the basketball courts just before Newlyn Green when a car park in that little area you can park in reversed and hit him.
“It sounds like the lady didn’t even realise she had done it. Another lady flagged her down and told her what had happened.
“Felix says she got out and asked if he was OK, asked if he wanted a lift to school, and tried to give him her details but he was just too shocked and wanted to get to school, so she did the right thing. She was probably a bit shocked as well.
“It was so unexpected because you forget there are cars on there.”
Felix, aged 11, said: “I remember little bits of it. I tried to go around the car but it reversed straight into me.
“There was another lady who saw what happened and she ran over and screamed at the driver to stop. It did not really stop until she said stop.
“The lady got out and said she was really sorry and tried to give me her details but I just wanted to get to school.
“I’ve got a few small scrapes but I do want to get back on a bike again. I had only had it four days.”
Dad Paul took the bike to Halfords to have it repaired but it was declared beyond saving.
He said: “He had bought the bike himself with money he had saved and his birthday money. I bought the lock and the lights but he bought the bike. He had only just got the bike and this was his first run to school, his first solo run.
“He is going to secondary school in September and we were going to get him some cycling proficiency lessons in the summer so he could cycle to school.
“But this was just along the prom, not on the road, so we thought it would be fine. The main thing is that he wasn’t more badly hurt – it could have been so much worse.”
“He’s fine but he has not been back on a bike since, of course. We’d really like him to get back on a bike as soon as possible so he doesn’t lose that confidence.
Paul and Felix now hope the woman might come forward and help purchase a new bike.
Paul said: “If she wanted to come forward and say she will go halves on a new bike that would be a really nice gesture.”
Were you the motorist who knocked Felix off his bike? Get in touch with Scott Hamilton at The Cornishman on 01736 335514.