Collision left man with broken back

Ashley Adkin of Tunnicliffe Court, Cotmanhay, who sustained bad injuries after being knocked off his bike, pictured with his wife Tara.
Ashley Adkin of Tunnicliffe Court, Cotmanhay, who sustained bad injuries after being knocked off his bike, pictured with his wife Tara.

An Ilkeston man broke his back when he was knocked off his bike following a collision with a car on Bath Street.

Ashley Adkin, 26, of Vernon Street now has a long recovery ahead of him following the collision on New Year’s Day.

He was making his way back from a relatives when the incident happened , riding the cycle down Bath Street.

He was taken to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham where he underwent a six hour operation to insert two metal plates and six metal screws into his back.

Ashley also has injuries to his face where he hit the car’s windscreen.

The self-employed landscape gardener and fencer is now recovering at home where he is being cared for by wife Tara.

Tara, 23, told the ‘Tiser: “He can’t remember what happened. He just remembers coming down Bath Street but can’t remember hitting the car.”

The incident happened at the bottom end of Bath Street, close to the New Inn.

Tara, who has had to reduce her hours as a care assistant at work to care for Ashley, added that she thought opening Bath Street up to traffic again in the future was a bad idea. She said: “Incidents like this could lead to something more serious.”

Tara said she has been struggling to cope since the accident.

She said: “I heard about what happened when his friend who was with him called me. At first I didn’t believe it but then I got up there.”

Ashley is having regular doctors appointments and the full extent of his injuries is still not known .

The driver of the car stopped at the scene and did not face any charges by the police.

A spokesman for Derbyshire Police confirmed that nobody was arrested as a result of the collision which took place at 4.45pm on Thursday January 1.