Cape Town - The search is on for a vehicle that allegedly knocked down a cyclist in Cape Town.
Alroy Davey, 53, a member of the Kinetic Cycling Club, was seriously injured in the hit-and-run accident on Klipheuwel Road near Durbanville on Saturday.
O'Ryan Bruintjies, chairperson of the club and a member the executive of Western Province Cycling, told News24 that while initial indications were that Davey, who works as a health inspector for the City of Cape Town, was hit by a bakkie, subsequent information that he received indicates that it might have been a Toyota Etios.
Davey's wife Linda said her husband underwent an eight-hour-long operation on Sunday and will undergo another on Wednesday evening. He broke his pelvis and ribs and his back is severely damaged.
"A lady called me on Saturday from Alroy's phone to tell me he was in an accident," she said. "She told me the car that hit him drove away."
She said Alroy is a very active man and a keen runner and his recovery would be difficult. "Everything is broken," she said.
Knocked into a ditch
Bruintjies said Davey was hit at about 12:00 while riding back from Malmesbury.
"According to his family he was knocked into a ditch and it took a while before somebody noticed him lying there."
Bruintjies shared pictures of the accident scene and parts of the white bumper that was left behind in the hope that a member of the public could help identify the vehicle. The post has been widely shared.
The case was reported to the Durbanville police, who are investigating.
"They are looking at the data dots in the bumper and there are CCTV cameras on that road that might be helpful in the investigation," Bruintjies said.
Abigail Davey, Alroy's daughter, also shared Bruintjies's post and asked people to share it.
"Please keep my dad in your prayers," she added.
The police have not yet responded to a request to comment.