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Cyclist down, Kentish Town.

Discussion in 'Advocacy and Cycling Safety' started by spindrift, 27 Jun 2008.

  1. spindrift

    spindrift New Member

    http://www.thecnj.co.uk/camden/2008/062608/news062608_15.html

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    Wrecked bike by road worksWoman cyclist seriously injured in lorry crash

    A CYCLIST was rushed to hospital yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) with injuries to her legs after colliding with a lorry.
    The woman in her 40s hit a timber lorry in Royal College Street, Camden Town.
    Clothes and bicycle parts could be seen strewn across the street behind police cordons. A paramedic team arrived by helicopter and took the cyclist to Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel by ambulance.
    A police spokesman said the woman was in a “serious” condition last night.
    Kingsley Okolie, 22, a shop assistant at nearby Cash Converters, said: “Her legs were just shattered. I wanted her to lie down but she just sat bolt upright in shock. All of a sudden she just lay down and all her muscles were twitching.”
    Mr Okolie looked on as paramedics carried out two resuscitation attempts.
    He said since road works started a few months ago he had seen a number of “near misses”.
    The works are intended to make the road safer according to Camden Cycling Campaign member, John Chamberlain, who lives in Highgate Road, in Dartmouth Park.
    “Obviously we don’t know what happened but these junctions are notorious for these types of accidents where cyclists are proceeding straight on and lorries are turning left,” he said.
    “It again illustrates the vulnerability of cyclists particularly to heavy goods vehicles. Our thoughts are with the victim and her family.”
     
  2. Regulator

    Regulator Treachery is noble when aimed at tyranny.

    Yet again it would seem that a perfidious cyclist has had the temerity to hit a motor vehicle. ;)

    I hate this sort of reporting that infers that the cyclist is to blame. The probability of a cyclist hitting a motor vehicle, rather than being hit by a motor vehicle, is relatively low. Such sloppy use language by reporters in unforgiveable. :angry: It just adds to the misconception common amongst motorists and non-cyclists that cyclists are reckless risktakers and that cycling is dangerous.
     
  3. OP
    OP
    spindrift

    spindrift New Member

    My understanding is the lorry hit her from behind.
     
  4. PBancroft

    PBancroft Senior Member

    Location:
    Winchester
    Jeez. The woman in her 40s hit a timber lorry.

    Doesn't sound like she was hit from behind, unless she was cycling backwards.

    Pedantry aside, I hope she makes a full recovery. I know I'll be looking behind me when I hear that rumble in future.
     
  5. Crock of Gold

    Crock of Gold Guest

    Location:
    London
    It really is horrible reporting.

    One really doesn't want to hear about the gruesomeness of the effects of the hit on the lady.

    Just contributes emotional and voyeuristic impact without contributing anything to the story at hand.

    Couldn't get the image out of my mind - of her sitting up with shock - all the way home tonight.

    Felt really sorry for the lady. Hope she recovers really well.
     
  6. Domestique

    Domestique Über Member

    Very sad.
    Legs are very repairable, but this doesnt sound good.
    In some ways this type of reporting lets people know, who dont seem know, what damage a motor vehicle does when there is a collision with a cyclist. I am not saying who is a fault in this instance, but to me there seems an attitude of 'I have the right of way, I dont care' regardless of how vulnerable other road users are.