'Callous act': 95-year-old WWII veteran mowed down by cyclists

Brendan Roberts

The family of a 95-year-old grandfather mowed down by a group of cyclists along the Maribyrnong River on Saturday are calling on those responsible to come forward.

WWII veteran Edgar Scott suffered broken ribs in the collision, but not one rider stopped to help him or call an ambulance.

While decency and respect are virtues that define Mr Scott, sadly while out walking yesterday he was shown neither.

"This is a 95-year-old man hit at speed by a human being weighing possibly 90 kilos. I'm beyond words," said his daughter Sharon McLay.

Mr Scott suffered broken ribs from the collision. Image: 7News

Mr Scott was hit by a group of up to 30 cyclists along the Maribyrnong River and was left severely injured, drifting in and out of consciousness.

"He deserves better than this, he does not deserve to be just hit and left as an inconvenience because he has interrupted their [bike] ride," Ms McLay said.

Mr Scott is a WWII veteran. Image: 7News

"I just cannot come up with an excuse for them."

Mr Scott's son and grandson, who were going for a run, found him lying face-down with broken ribs and an injured shoulder.

"As he was jogging, he saw my father's feet and tracksuit pants face down in the dirt and dad had lost consciousness," Ms McLay said.

The Maribyrnong River where the incident happened. Image: 7News

The pair did what the cyclists should have - they carried him from the track and called an ambulance.

Mr Scott has told his family that immediately after the collision one of the cyclists, who identified himself as a doctor, stopped briefly to assess his injured shoulder, before continuing on with the cycling group.

"I'm furiously angry," said son Stephen Scott.

Sharon McLay, Mr Scott's daughter. Image: 7News

"He is a decent man and he wasn't hurting anybody and he at least deserved at least a little bit of dignity and care on their behalf to make sure he was okay."

While Mr Scott's injuries may heal in hospital, his children fear his independent may be lost forever.

"The highlight of his week is to go down to the Maribyrnong River with my brother and nephew and that has been taken from him," Ms McLay said.