Presenter Dermot Murnaghan reveals his injuries after hit-and-run attack

Telegraph Reporters
Dermot Murnaghan has shared a picture of his injuries after being involved in a hit-and-run attack -  @DermotMurnaghan 

Presenter Dermot Murnaghan has shared a picture of his injuries after being involved in a hit-and-run attack.

He said the incident, which kept him from his job at Sky News for two days, took place in Kentish Town, north London, on Thursday.

Posting a picture of himself with large grazes to his left cheek and chin, he wrote on Friday: "Here's why I haven't been on air for 2 days. A hit and run in Kentish Town yesterday. Police were fantastic."

Speaking to Sky News, he said the driver of the car in Kentish Town, north London, had been using a mobile phone when he collided with the journalist.

"On an empty road in north London a guy in a car on a mobile phone pulled out from the side of the road without indicating," he said.

"I swerved that, but a millisecond later he U-turned into me and wiped me out."

Murnaghan, 59, explained that he had woken up at 6am to go cycling with friends before work and had been wearing a hi-vis jacket.

He said: "Twenty minutes later I was lying by the side of the road with a broken cycle helmet and a hobbled bike, still spinning, lights shining - and a variety of cuts, bruises and abrasions, but thankfully no broken bones."

The presenter also thanked the "Good Samaritan" who saw what happened and told him that the driver had sped off.

"The perpetrator was too interested in his phone to bother to stop and would have left me lying in the road," Murnaghan said.

The broadcaster, who is an avid cyclist, presents the Sky News Tonight With Dermot Murnaghan programme.

Fans and colleagues were quick to send their well-wishes to the 59-year-old. 

Anna Jones, a presenter on Sky News, wrote on Twitter: "Ouch! Hope you heal quickly, Dermot." 

One fan wrote: "Good gritty look that. Hope it heals nice and quick!" Another said it must have been a "very frightening experience".