Do you know who killed Harrogate cyclist?

Stefan Forge died after he was knocked off his bike in 2001
Stefan Forge died after he was knocked off his bike in 2001

Exactly 14 years after a Harrogate man was knocked off his bike and killed by a hit and run driver, police have launched a review into his death.

Stefan Forge, who was 47-years-old when he died on August 22, 2001 after being hit by an unknown vehicle as he cycled with a friend along the A658 towards Buttersyke Bar near Harrogate.

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The vehicle that hit Stefan and his friend, Jonathan Wastling - at around 11.15pm - failed to stop at the scene. The pair were flung more than 10 feet through the air and Stefan died from his injuries.

Mr Wastling, who was left severely traumatised by the crash and suffered serious injuries, gave an impassioned plea from his hospital bed in the Harrogate Advertiser in the weeks following the smash, desperately trying to track down the person who killed his friend.

Police investigating the collision are now carrying out a review of the case and to coincide with the fourteenth anniversary of the collision, are appealing to anyone who has any information but has not contacted the police.

Sergeant Ian Pope of the Major Collision Investigation Unit, who is carrying out the review, said: “14 years have passed since Stefan died and I am hoping that with the passage of time, someone is now in a position to come forward with information that can help our investigation.

​“Stefan’s family have had to carry on with their lives, not knowing the full circumstances of his death or who was responsible. We are still working on behalf of them, and hope that someone with that vital piece of information that will lead us to the identity of the vehicle and its driver, is out there.

“It may be that back in 2001, they felt they could not come forward with that information, but perhaps circumstances have changed and they are now in a position to share that information. For the sake of Stefan and his family, I urge you to please get in touch and tell us what you know.”

At the time Stefan’s brother, Adrian Forge described him as ‘one of a kind’.

Anyone with any information is asked to call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Ian Pope, or email ian.pope@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.