A WOMAN was knocked off her bike in a hit and run in Northwich town centre.

Sarah Hewitt was cycling to work when a car came round the corner of Venables Road and Witton Street, near the Plaza, and she was thrown to the ground.

The 43-year-old, who works as a machinist at Curtain Magic, suffered cuts and grazes to her hand and leg and was left shaken up.

She said: “The car flew round the corner really fast, I slammed on my brakes but the road was wet and I skidded.

“My front wheel hit the car which threw me to the floor. My back wheel and leg came over and I was lying near enough under the wheels.

“If I hadn’t had quick reactions and braked I would have been right through the windscreen.”

Instead of parking up to see how she was, Sarah said the driver reversed back into Witton Street and drove off.

“I’m really nervous on my bike now,” she said.

“I used to cycle quite fast because it keeps me fit but I’m always alert on the road – if I wasn’t, it could have been much worse.”

She said she had thought Witton Street was one-way from its junction with Venables Road in the direction of Chesterway, which is why she was not expecting a motorist to turn in.

There is a no entry sign by the Gemini Blinds shop but Mike McGivern, spokesmen for Cheshire West and Chester Council, said this section of the road was two-way.

The incident happened at about 10am on August 12.

Police described the car as dark coloured and old while the driver was described as being a dark-haired man.

Anyone with any information should ring Cheshire Police on 0845 458 0000.