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Cyclist run over

Postby ni78ck » Fri Dec 09, 2011 7:03 am

i hope no one ever has to see or hear what i/we encountoured on wednesday.
wednesdays for our cycling group is a recovery ride, and one that we get newbies to come along to as well as the pace is a little slower.
on our return back from La perouse i heard the crushing of carbon from just behind me. i knew there was a crash and it seamed big. after the carbon noise there were other noises that followed. i turned around and saw one of our cyclists down on the road and a car that had crashed into some trees.
what happened...............the car had hit our last cyclist from behind where our cyclist lost control and crashed to the ground, only to have the car run over his body with both front and rear wheels. our friend was a mess, but still breathing. the driver of the vehicle was having a sezuire.
ambulance took 15 minutes to arrive which felt like an eternity, but we had a doctor waling past with a minute of the accident.
3 ambulances and two police cars arrived and were excellent as always with assisting.
our cyclist went to hospital and since wednesday morning there are more and more injuries that surfacing.
His face needs plastic surgery, he has at least 8 missing teeth, his toungue has been torn in two, he has a broken collarbone, many broken ribs, two fractured vertabrae, pelvis broken on two sides and damage to his legs. he had undergone surgery yeterday for 11 hours.
i dont normally write long threads, but i felt compelled to let people know. please be careful on the roads.
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Re: Cyclist run over

Postby Oxford » Fri Dec 09, 2011 7:16 am

not good, I hope the rider makes a full recovery. best wishes to them.

only suggestion I can make is that if you (and the rest of the bunch) have access to counseling services, take it up. I know it sounds silly, but do it. you'd be surprised at how this may affect you, now and in the future.
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Re: Cyclist run over

Postby ni78ck » Fri Dec 09, 2011 7:19 am

Oxford wrote:not good, I hope the rider makes a full recovery. best wishes to them.

only suggestion I can make is that if you (and the rest of the bunch) have access to counseling services, take it up. I know it sounds silly, but do it. you'd be surprised at how this may affect you, now and in the future.

we all got together yesterday for coffee and spioke about it. there are a couple of guys that witnessed it and will need the counciling. me included.
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Cyclist run over

Postby toolonglegs » Fri Dec 09, 2011 7:22 am

Sounds like he is lucky to be alive!... Long road back so I hope all goes well for him.
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Re: Cyclist run over

Postby DaveOZ » Fri Dec 09, 2011 7:28 am

Man, that's really sad. I hope you all cope with this and the rider makes a full recovery in time. :(
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Re: Cyclist run over

Postby oldnewby » Fri Dec 09, 2011 7:28 am

not good, I hope the rider makes a full recovery. best wishes to them.


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Re: Cyclist run over

Postby Oxford » Fri Dec 09, 2011 7:29 am

ni78ck wrote:
Oxford wrote:not good, I hope the rider makes a full recovery. best wishes to them.

only suggestion I can make is that if you (and the rest of the bunch) have access to counseling services, take it up. I know it sounds silly, but do it. you'd be surprised at how this may affect you, now and in the future.

we all got together yesterday for coffee and spioke about it. there are a couple of guys that witnessed it and will need the counciling. me included.

good stuff, it is good to talk about it. good luck.
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Re: Cyclist run over

Postby Percrime » Fri Dec 09, 2011 8:17 am

I don't know if their is any point asking cyclists to be more careful in that circumstance. I take it the drivers seizure caused the accident
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Re: Cyclist run over

Postby ni78ck » Fri Dec 09, 2011 8:28 am

Percrime wrote:I don't know if their is any point asking cyclists to be more careful in that circumstance. I take it the drivers seizure caused the accident

not sure if he had the seizure after or before tha accident.
no harm in telling people to be careful though.
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Re: Cyclist run over

Postby The 2nd Womble » Fri Dec 09, 2011 8:37 am

Geez what can you say really? :shock: My SIL is an Epo and the last time she had a siezure she got her head wedged in btween 2 bathroom cabinets, broke her c1 and c2 and wore a halo for 6 months.
If the driver had a siezure pre collision, they'll probably lose their licence. If that is the case I hope they both can recover fully physically and mentally. Huge blow for your mate.
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Re: Cyclist run over

Postby Percrime » Fri Dec 09, 2011 9:13 am

ni78ck wrote:
Percrime wrote:I don't know if their is any point asking cyclists to be more careful in that circumstance. I take it the drivers seizure caused the accident

not sure if he had the seizure after or before tha accident.
no harm in telling people to be careful though.


It does sort of imply being careful might make a difference.. in circumstances when from what you say it absolutely would not have. If you say "Be careful" when it makes no difference.. well er... the message is not worth much. Be way better off telling people to not have seizures.. that 'might' make someone go to the quack
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Re: Cyclist run over

Postby Kenzo » Fri Dec 09, 2011 10:46 am

Best wishes to all of you - hope you all recover well.

Thanks - I will (continue to) be careful.

Percrime wrote:It does sort of imply being careful might make a difference.. in circumstances when from what you say it absolutely would not have. If you say "Be careful" when it makes no difference.. well er... the message is not worth much. Be way better off telling people to not have seizures.. that 'might' make someone go to the quack

What the heck are you bothering to argue about this for? An ego boost? IMO - this thread is not the place for it.
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Re: Cyclist run over

Postby sogood » Fri Dec 09, 2011 11:04 am

Thank you for the reminder. Coming across an accident is one thing, looking after an injured for weeks and months after is another. That one case left a permanent mark in my memory and I learnt to really respect the road and traffic when I ride.
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Re: Cyclist run over

Postby blkmcs » Fri Dec 09, 2011 11:41 am

Sounds like a long recovery for your friend, I hope it goes well for him.
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Re: Cyclist run over

Postby MichaelB » Fri Dec 09, 2011 12:27 pm

Crikey. Don't know what else to say, but hope the person on the bike recovers well and quick, and that goes for the person in the car too.

Shows just how quick life can be altered.
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Re: Cyclist run over

Postby itsaghostcar » Fri Dec 09, 2011 12:46 pm

That's horrible. My thoughts go out to all involved, especially the injured cyclist.
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Re: Cyclist run over

Postby zero » Fri Dec 09, 2011 1:18 pm

Terrible to hear. Hope the rider pulls through ok in the end.
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Re: Cyclist run over

Postby Sydguy » Fri Dec 09, 2011 1:26 pm

Let's hope the cyclist recovers 100%. Sounds like a terrible accident.

Strange that I did not see anything regarding this in the media?

Keep us posted on the riders recovery - and if there is anyway in which people can assist.

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Re: Cyclist run over

Postby il padrone » Fri Dec 09, 2011 1:31 pm

There is such a thing as an absolute accident (lap of the gods version). My mum was driving home from shopping, just coming up our street (a court) when she suffeed the first (of three eventual) brain aneurisms. She had a seizure, the car revved as she spasmed, front left wheel clipped a power pole which luckily trashed the CV joint and seized up the drive. The car limped slowly across the cul de sac and hit another tree, coming to rest with mum in seizure. Luckily no-one was riding/driving nearby and the seized FWD prevented a collision at speed.

Mum was hospitalised and recovered a bit but further hemorrages led to her passing away. RIP. This was 15 years ago now, so it's not so sad any more.

There was no reason to expect this sort of thing to happen, it just does to some people. This driver may have suffered a similar condition.
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Re: Cyclist run over

Postby greyhoundtom » Fri Dec 09, 2011 1:48 pm

I am so sorry to hear that one of your riding group was involved in such a horrific accident.

My best wishes for a full and fast recovery to the poor guy involved, and strength to his family and friends to find the fortitude to cope with this happening.

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Re: Cyclist run over

Postby goneriding » Fri Dec 09, 2011 2:19 pm

greyhoundtom wrote:I am so sorry to hear that one of your riding group was involved in such a horrific accident.

My best wishes for a full and fast recovery to the poor guy involved, and strength to his family and friends to find the fortitude to cope with this happening.

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Re: Cyclist run over

Postby rhys » Fri Dec 09, 2011 2:25 pm

Nik, I tried to PM you but can't figure this out as it's my first post of the forum.

A mate and I rode past this Wednesday morning about 5 minutes after it happened. Please don't think me disrespectful for not stopping, however as I saw all the required people were on hand when I passed, I would not have been of any assistance. As I rode over the up over the slight rise at MC Cyclery and saw the lights flashing, my heart sunk because I had a feeling it was a man down. I know from the shop jerseys that one or two of you were wearing that you are a safe bunch, and so rider error was most likely not to blame for the incident.

If you don't mind letting me know via email ( rhyswayne at gmail dot com) where your mate is staying, I'd appreciate it. Having been in hospital for extensive periods of time myself, I know how crap it is, and that even people you might not know visiting you with colouring-in books and magazines can be a god-send. I know this is probably a long way off for your friend at this stage, but I'm willing to help out if you need it.

Once again sincerest condolences, and I hope it doesn't dissuade those on hand from riding as they do.
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Re: Cyclist run over

Postby ni78ck » Fri Dec 09, 2011 3:31 pm

all these responses are great, i will show them to him when he is in a better way, he is still in a critical condition.
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Re: Cyclist run over

Postby birdbrain » Fri Dec 09, 2011 4:40 pm

Thats terrible Nick. I hope your mate will be OK. It sounds that he will have long recovery physically and probably also mentaly. Fingers crossed.
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Re: Cyclist run over

Postby blossy84 » Fri Dec 09, 2011 4:47 pm

Hi Nick. What sad news. I hope your friend recovers from this accident and I hope that you and the other riders are able to deal with what you witnessed. I agree with what Oxford said, it's good to talk about these things. Best wishes to your friend.

Thanks il padrone for sharing your story too. It is a good reminder that sometimes accidents are accidents.
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