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Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The wife of a teacher and TV choirmaster injured in a hit-and-run crash is appealing for witnesses to bring the driver to justice.
Nick Bowers-Broadbent, 43, a music teacher at St Bonaventure’s School in Forest Gate, Newham, was cycling from Islington to Hackney when he was hit by a silver Ford Focus.
He was flung into the air on the junction of Brooksby’s Walk and Homerton High Street at 11.30pm on October 14.
The choirmaster, who took gospel choir Revelation to the semi-finals of BBC’s Last Choir Standing, was taken to Homerton Hospital with a double-fracture of his right leg and broken ribs.
The keen cyclist from Wanstead had surgery on his leg last Monday and it will take him up to eight weeks to recover.
Wife, Jackie, 42, said the incident had been traumatic for her and their three children, aged two, six and nine.
She said: “Nobody wants to receive a phone call like that at midnight. The worst things run through your mind. It will stay with me for ever and I would not want to go through that again.”
She admitted she had gone to “great lengths” not to let their children know until they had got back from school the following day because she did not want them to be upset at school.
She said: “My six-year-old cried and keeps asking about his dad. His dad was teaching him how to play the drums and he was supposed to perform at an event, but he now has to put these plans on hold.
“Nick used to take my two-year-old to nursery in a buggy attached to his bike, and my son keeps staring at it.
“He’s a very loving and caring father and I think this is going to be extremely difficult for him as he will understand the impact of this accident on the children.”
She added: “I would like to think the person who has done this has a conscience. I would appeal to them to go into a police station and say they did this. I would like to think they have a family and understand what we are going through.”
A spokesman for Hackney police said: “The car was being driven by a black male aged 18 to 19, of a tall slim build.”
The car was found abandoned in Overbury Street, Homerton the next day.
Anyone with information is urged to call the police information number 101.