Long wait for bikes safe return
By HELEN JACK
BAGOTVILLE teenager Daniel Monti had just crashed his bicycle at Byron Bay a fortnight ago, deeply grazing his hands and face and hitting his head hard on the bitumen.
While he lay injured on the side of Bangalow Road, pedestrians and motorists stopped and came to his aid.
One woman, who Daniel remembers drove a dark-%coloured sedan or wagon, called an ambulance and offered to take his brand new mountain bike that he had worked hard to save for back to his rental property while he was being driven to Byron Bay hospital for medical attention.
But the woman and the bicycle have not been seen since.
Daniel said he was returning from work as an apprentice chef at the Beach Hotel on Tuesday, October 2, at 2.45pm along Bangalow Road outside Byron Bay High School when the accident happened.
"I tried to jump the median strip," he said.
"The front wheel cleared but the back wheel clipped it and spun me around and I went straight over the handlebars.
"My head smashed on the bitumen and I slid along the road to the kerb.
"My legs were caught up in the bike and the hot bitumen was burning my arms."
Daniel said he remembers giving the woman instructions on where to leave his bike chained up so he could retrieve it later, but on his return it was nowhere to be seen.
The bicycle is a black and red Giant 24-speed mountain bike.
"None of the neighbours remember a woman coming with a bike," he said.
Daniel said he was worried his instructions had been confusing.
Unable to commute to work from Bagotville, Daniel has been boarding in Suffolk Park and cycling to work.
He lives in Hayters Drive but there is also a Hayter Street and he is worried the woman may have got the two mixed up.
Daniel said the woman was of medium height, in her early 40s, with brown shoulder-length hair.
She was of medium height and had fair skin. She wore jeans and a top and had a slim build.
Daniel is appealing to the woman to contact him on 0413 683 780.