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Hello everyone I'm Briztoons niece and I'm writing on his behalf,
Yesterday at around 2:30pm the 12th of August Briztoon verses truck occurred,
Riding his brand new bike on his way to the valley he got as far as the morning side train station, when a semi trailer decided to attempt to over take him to merge into the right lane cutting across his bike lane. He heard the truck coming up behind him and knew from that moment things weren't going to end well. The turning semi trailer side swiped him send him flying off his bike on to the grass and then on to the hard cement, Leaving him with a broken collar bone and every rib on his right hand side broken more then once, bruises and deep cuts and gravel rashes cover is body from neck to shins he is currently in the PA hospital in ICU (intensive care unit) for a few days then will hopefully move to trauma ward to recover, he will be in hospital for many weeks and will be unable to ride exercise or work for many months.
Did they get the truck driver? Witnesses?
Hope he is feeling better!!
"Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever" Lance Armstrong
Thanks so much for taking the time to let us know about this, please let us know if there's anything that we can do to help out.
I hope Briz heals quickly and well and is back out there as soon as possible.
I will save my thoughts on the driver concerned for a different place.
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
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Bugger! That is too bad. Hope you mend quickly and completely...
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That's terrible news. I hope he heals well and quickly and that the truck driver has the book thrown at them.
Thank you for informing us.
I always wonder how people on forums would be notified if I had a serious injury...
Thanks for letting us know. Hope he gets better soon.
Wouldn't be surprised if the truck just kept going. I personally know of two incidents that the truck just kept going and made the claim (in one case that was reported) that he didn't realize he'd side swiped a car.
Thanks everyone, Yes the truck driver stopped and police were called and a investigation is underway.
As soon as he moves out of icu into a ward I'll bring up he's laptop as with the countless hours in hospital ahead of him I'm sure he'll need some distractions to read on the forum. no matter how you travel on the road - bike, car or walk stay Safe
Not one of the regulars!!! Wish him a full recovery Brizneice and let him know I can set him up with a good law firm who specialise in this if he doesn't have rider cover.
Thanks for letting us know. Give home a peck on the cheek from me. I'm male, 41, married, and I have a beard, so I'll leave the actual smooch translation to you.
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Terrible to hear that you've come undone Briztoon but kudos to you for surviving a bingle vs a truck! We all wish you a swift recovery and are able to get back on the bike soon. I'm fairly sure I know the location you've been hit at as I do my commute into town from Tingalpa along Wynnum Rd and i've had some close shaves too.
Thanks Ash, you're my favorite niece.
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Thankyou everyone for your thoughts.
The nurses say cyclists always impress them the most as they get in and do the recovery exercises early and are self motivated to get back on their bike. It helps that my (male) nurse is also a cyclist.
hehe ...exactly what I wondered, but couldn't work out a tactful way of asking.
All the best, briz.
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