Thursday, November 01, 2007

From Brian's blog....

Cyclist seriously injured by auto passenger. A 59 year-old cyclist in Bromley, Kent, England, was seriously injured when a rider in a passing car reached out and pushed him off his bike, reported.

Tony Barrett suffered serious neck and back injuries and at first was thought to be paralyzed.Barrett was able to tell police that a car went by him and that he felt two hands push him. He lost consciousness when he hit his head in falling. He was out riding with a friend, Bob Barrington, who had ridden ahead and then stopped to wait. "A lady in a car stopped and asked me if I was waiting for another cyclist," Barrington told Cycling Weekly. "When I said yes, she said there had been an accident with a car. I hurried back and found Tony by the side of the road."

Detective Sergeant James Herron of the Bromley police said "This is a very serious incident and if we catch the person who did this they are facing a charge of GBH [Grievous Bodily Harm -ed.]" He added that the section of road where the incident occurred was notorious for fast-moving vehicles. Similar incidents have also been reported.

Thanks, Brian.



Blogger weak and feeble said...

scary story. Has anyone seen the Hyundai commercial where they talk about safety and the woman is driving and the car disapears and she's just sitting "naked" when an 18 wheeler rips by? It got my attention to realize car companies are using the vulnerability that we as cyclist live with every day as a selling point for a safer car. Ride and drive safe out there everybody.


10:16 AM  
Blogger Ari said...

People that commit such acts are barbarians. How can anyone justify paralyzing or killing someone for fun?
Now that it is getting dark seek safer routes, illuminate yourselves with lights and don't ever expect that they will see you.
Have in mind that a bike is invisible to a car!!
Stay alive,

1:13 PM  
Blogger Ari said...

Blue, my singlespeed Voodoo mtb is almost ready. Installed a cateye enduro computer, michelin semislick tires and next will do the lights. Hope to ride this beast a lot in winter.
Someday I would like to come out to Iowa for a gravel ride with you guys.

1:14 PM  

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