Cyclist injured Friday.

Cyclist injured Friday.

Postby twizzle » Tue Jan 24, 2012 7:41 am

Just found out one of the guys at work I know was hit on Friday while riding home from Belconnen, transferred to Sydney with spinal injuries.

Obviously, didn't make the news... did anyone hear anything?
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Re: Cyclist injured Friday.

Postby Oxford » Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:32 am

ouch hope he's alright. hate it when there's spinal injuries, its a generic term that can be very mild to very serious in nature. I hope he' at the mild end and its nothing serious.
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Re: Cyclist injured Friday.

Postby twizzle » Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:06 am

Just heard - two broken cervical vertebrae, operated on Sat night, no feeling in his legs ATM. Faaaaark. :(
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Re: Cyclist injured Friday.

Postby silkishuge » Tue Jan 24, 2012 12:22 pm

twizzle wrote:Just heard - two broken cervical vertebrae, operated on Sat night, no feeling in his legs ATM. Faaaaark. :(


Very very very sad. I hope it is not permenant.

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Re: Cyclist injured Friday.

Postby trailgumby » Tue Jan 24, 2012 12:27 pm

twizzle wrote:Just heard - two broken cervical vertebrae, operated on Sat night, no feeling in his legs ATM. Faaaaark. :(

Damn. :(

Hope it's only temporary.
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Re: Cyclist injured Friday.

Postby Oxford » Tue Jan 24, 2012 12:54 pm

trailgumby wrote:
twizzle wrote:Just heard - two broken cervical vertebrae, operated on Sat night, no feeling in his legs ATM. Faaaaark. :(

Damn. :(

Hope it's only temporary.

yes, sometimes swelling can cause these symptoms, even 4+ months from my accident, swelling causes sensation deprivaton in my left leg. managing the injury can become quite a PITA.

I hope your friend pulls through, I understand his head space, its not a nice place to be.
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Re: Cyclist injured Friday.

Postby gassyndrome » Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:05 pm

Prayers with him. :(

Do you know how/exactly where he got hit?
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Cyclist injured Friday.

Postby twizzle » Tue Jan 24, 2012 7:17 pm

No details other than taken off his bike while riding home from work. I didn't even know he'd taken up cycling... but he has four or five kids, and with the never ending parking fee increases, a lot of people have taken up alternative transport to save money.

Latest update is that surgery was performed for internal bleeding, but they haven't touched the broken neck. I'll find out more Friday or Monday.
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Re: Cyclist injured Friday.

Postby cp123 » Fri Jan 27, 2012 3:43 pm

gawd - how horrible....
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Re: Cyclist injured Friday.

Postby twizzle » Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:09 am

Just an update... paralysed from chest down (not sure of details), on a respirator ATM & can't speak but they are trying to get him breathing on his own, and he will be transferred back to Canberra in about 3 - 4 weeks but won't be out of hospital for months.
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Re: Cyclist injured Friday.

Postby silkishuge » Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:34 am

twizzle wrote:Just an update... paralysed from chest down (not sure of details), on a respirator ATM & can't speak but they are trying to get him breathing on his own, and he will be transferred back to Canberra in about 3 - 4 weeks but won't be out of hospital for months.


Devastating news mate. :( :( Lost for words

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Re: Cyclist injured Friday.

Postby cp123 » Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:36 am

terrible news for him and his family.


Life will be VERY different from now on. :(
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Re: Cyclist injured Friday.

Postby nescius » Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:16 pm

That's terrible news :(

I hope he and his family have a strong support network, and that he can recover and adapt to his situation, it sounds horrible.
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Re: Cyclist injured Friday.

Postby CommuRider » Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:33 pm

Sorry to hear....awful to think of... does he recall who hit him?
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Re: Cyclist injured Friday.

Postby trailgumby » Fri Feb 10, 2012 3:06 pm

ah, that's dreadful.

Lost for words. :cry:
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Re: Cyclist injured Friday.

Postby twizzle » Fri Feb 10, 2012 3:20 pm

As far as we understand it, he either hit a car reversing out of a driveway or was reversed over by a car coming out of a driveway. He was on a designated ''shared pathway" in Latham, which happens to run between a row of houses and the road, with long driveways that stretch across the pathway. It's near a school... but he was on an electric assist bike (legal wattage?). I think it's likely that the driver didn't look, but possibly he was just moving too fast.
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Re: Cyclist injured Friday.

Postby twizzle » Wed Mar 07, 2012 3:08 pm

Final update....

Permanent paralysis from the neck down, still can't breathe unassisted. The car reversed out of the driveway and went over him.

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Re: Cyclist injured Friday.

Postby mrgolf » Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:31 pm

That blows.
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Re: Cyclist injured Friday.

Postby cp123 » Tue Mar 13, 2012 1:40 pm

crap.

is there a donation site or something similar to help his family? i know it might seem trite :( but is there anything the local community can do?
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Re: Cyclist injured Friday.

Postby Oxford » Tue Mar 13, 2012 7:34 pm

cp123 wrote:crap.

is there a donation site or something similar to help his family? i know it might seem trite :( but is there anything the local community can do?

got to be careful with things like this. recently a rider became a paraplegic riding the local MTB trails to me. the local forum members wanted to do the same thing to raise funds for the rider to assist with accessibility aids etc. the riders family through the site admin just asked for privacy.

I feel for this guy, but I would also understand if he just wanted to be left alone. maybe a PM to the OP may help.
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Re: Cyclist injured Friday.

Postby trailgumby » Tue Mar 13, 2012 7:44 pm

I'm utterly appalled to hear that. Reversing over him. Must have roared out of the driveway. Sheesh!

In any other field that would constitute a negligent homicide, yet this kind of thing is routinely dealt with by ... issuing demerit points. Why? "Oh, we can't prosecute based on the consequences."

Well, blind freddy can see that reversing without looking into a shared use path is going to end up like this if you make it a habit.
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Re: Cyclist injured Friday.

Postby twizzle » Wed Mar 14, 2012 11:33 am

Oxford wrote:
cp123 wrote:crap.

is there a donation site or something similar to help his family? i know it might seem trite :( but is there anything the local community can do?

got to be careful with things like this. recently a rider became a paraplegic riding the local MTB trails to me. the local forum members wanted to do the same thing to raise funds for the rider to assist with accessibility aids etc. the riders family through the site admin just asked for privacy.

I feel for this guy, but I would also understand if he just wanted to be left alone. maybe a PM to the OP may help.


There was a collection raised a few weeks ago to help his family out as they have relocated to Sydney to be closer to him. I'm only getting the occasional update, so I don't know what else is happening. Too early to really know how it's going to work in the future, I'm assuming they will want to move him back to Canberra at some stage, but I don't know when that will be.

Latest news is that he's off the respirator for short periods of time so he can talk, but it's a real effort. He also has some basic movement of arms (no fine motor), but from what I was told the other day he will eventually lose this due to the level of damage to the nerves.
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Re: Cyclist injured Friday.

Postby cp123 » Wed Mar 14, 2012 12:01 pm

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Re: Cyclist injured Friday.

Postby Oxford » Wed Mar 14, 2012 12:47 pm

not good.
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Re: Cyclist injured Friday.

Postby cp123 » Wed Mar 14, 2012 2:42 pm

I wonder if the driver knows. If they are human they probably feel pretty awful.
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