A MUM has spoken of her disgust at a driver who left her son seriously injured in the middle of the road during a hit-and-run in Southend.
A police investigation is underway into the incident in Royston Avenue and detectives are urging witnesses to come forward.
A dark-coloured vehicle collided with a cyclist aged in his 20s before driving off and fleeing the scene.
Police say the driver suffered serious head and facial injuries, but said they were not life-threatening or changing.
The mother of the injured cyclist, who wished to remain anonymous, has revealed her son suffered a bleed on the brain and fractured his skull in two different places.
He also suffered a broken jaw.
His mum has lashed out at the driver involved in the hit-and-run, describing their actions as “cowardly”.
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She said: “He was riding down the street and a car swerved and hit him.
“The car then fled the scene leaving him in the middle of the road.
“This is the most cowardly thing to do and I find it disgusting that the driver did not stop, and just left him there, I can’t understand it.
“He has a long recovery ahead now.”
She added: “Thankfully kind people near by stopped to help him, and I want to thank them as well as the lady who stayed with him.
“We would like for anyone who saw anything on that day to please come forward and help.”
The incident happened around 4pm on May 11 and anyone with information is urged to contact police to help the investigation.
A force spokesman said: “We have no further details of the car and we would like anyone who witnessed the incident or has any footage of it to get in touch.
"If you have any information, you can submit a report online at https://www.essex.police.uk or use the 'Live Chat' button to speak to an online operator between 7am-11pm.
"Please quote CRASH reference 1179365.
"You can also call us on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."