Hit-and-run nightmare of cyclist left with head injury.
ACYCLIST has been left with a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain following a hit-and-run in Tynemouth.
Dad-of-two Craig Goff-Cooper was travelling to work when he was knocked off his bicycle on The Broadway by the driver of a silver car overtaking on a junction.
The 40-year-old was taken to Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington where he was found to have sustained serious head injuries.
Craig remains in hospital for continued observation where he is unable to eat, sleep, or recall the terrifying ordeal.
Now, his wife Victoria has spoken out on the impact of the hit-and-run on the family in an attempt to bring the driver to justice.
She said: "As a human being, I don't understand how someone could cause this and not stop.
"All we're interested in now is Craig's recovery and finding out what happened and who is responsible so we can get some closure.
"We feel like we're in limbo at the moment."
Craig was cycling on The Broadway just after 9am on Tuesday when an overtaking driver struck him by the entrance to the slip road for Links Avenue.
Victoria, from Seaton Delaval, was preparing eight-year-old son Oscar and four-year-old daughter Eva for summer sports camp when she received the dreaded call.
She said: "Obviously getting a phone call from the police, you immediately think the worst.
"It was a bit of a shock and the children were listening so they knew something was wrong straightaway. "I just had to be strong for them and say everything is going to be fine, daddy had an accident but he is going to be ok."
Victoria drove to see her husband in hospital, but had to endure an agonising wait while a CT scan was carried out.
The results were sent to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle for analysis, and revealed Craig had suffered a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain. The dad-of-two's condition has been monitored for several days, and no definitive date for his discharge has been given. Victoria, 36, said: "He is constant pain and has not been able to sleep or eat.
"It's hour by hour to see what the next steps are. We're hoping surgery is not in the picture.
"It's been quite tough because the children are constantly asking when daddy's coming home which is hard because I can't give them an answer.
"Craig is desperate to get home as we all are. It's just a waiting game."
Craig has been left with no recollection of the collision which left him hospitalised, and has grown "frustrated" in his attempts to remember the events of that morning.
Victoria has taken to social media to thank those who assisted her husband at the roadside, and in a desperate appeal for any information to track down the driver responsible.
She finished: "I'd like to thank anyone who helped Craig because I know from what I've heard there were quite a lot who stopped to help.
"It's kind of like a jigsaw puzzle we're trying to piece together.
"We're appealing for anybody else around at that time that might be able to give us a bit more information because right now it's a bit of a mystery."
Northumbria Police confirmed inquiries into the hit-and-run remain "ongoing", and the force is carrying out a search of CCTV footage from the Tynemouth area.
Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101 quoting log 246 230719, or by emailing email@example.com
It's been tough because the children are constantly asking when daddy's coming home which is hard because I can't give them an answerVictoria Goff-Cooper
Craig Goff-Cooper with wife Victoria, son Oscar and daughter Eva