Four KZN cyclists hurt in hit and run

2008-08-03 00:00

Four cyclists were knocked down in a hit-and-run incident on the R102 near Glen Anil yesterday morning.

One of the cyclists was able to take down the registration number of the silver Toyota Yaris that hit them and the driver was arrested shortly afterwards.

The cyclists were stabilised by ER 24 paramedics on the scene and taken to Umhlanga Hospital where they are being treated for lacerations and possible spinal injuries. It is believed that they were doing their usual morning ride at the time.

The incident follows the recent death of a 72-year-old cyclist, Willem van Heerden, who was also involved in a hit- and-run accident on Snell Parade, Durban.

Cyclesafe KwaZulu-Natal chairman Lyndon Kelly said there will be a protest tomorrow because there have been a number of similar accidents lately.

“The protest will start at 8 am from King’s Park pool to the mayor’s offices in West Street. We have requested Durban municipality, Durban Metro and even the Department of Transport to create a safer cycling environment all over the province. All our attempts have failed,” he said.

Kelly said Cyclesafe is concerned that the accidents are hit-and-runs. “People cycle to and from work these days because of the petrol increase. They are now scared because motorists are being protected afterwards. We want the police to put harsher sentences to prevent this in future.”

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