Cyclist fighting for his life

2011-12-04 11:42

Pretoria - A cyclist is fighting for his life in hospital after he was struck by a car while cycling in Silverton on Sunday.

Netcare911 spokesperson Jeffrey Wicks said that the cause of the accident remained unclear.

The cyclist had apparently been struck by the car from behind and was thrown from his bike.

The crumpled wreckage of it became entangled in the undercarriage of the car.

When the paramedics arrived at accident, the man was in critical condition.

After he was stabilised he was transported to hospital for further urgent care.

  • Alon - 2011-12-04 12:46

    Lately i've been getting more and more frustrated by cyclists who ride 2 meters from the pavement, well into the path of cars, and expect cars to swerve into the opposing lane for them. There are pavements for a reason, and when you can't use the pavement, at least be aware of what's around you and do what you can to keep out their way! That being said, condolences to the family and loved ones, it's a terrible thing to happen.

      Sue - 2011-12-04 12:57

      Unfortunately I have to agree, while some motorist do drive like idiots.

      Ray D. Chaplin - 2011-12-04 15:29

      A bicycle is classified as a legal vehicle on the road and, therefore, has the right to occupy the lane as required! So, cycling 2m from the curb [which is an exaggeration on your part because he'd be out of the lane by then] is perfectly legal on condition it is done in single file with other cyclists! If you have a slow moving car in front of you, do you curse that they're in the lane or wait until you can pass? Also, cycling on pavements is not permitted unless specially marked as bicycle lanes.

  • wernervanaswegen - 2011-12-04 13:48

    Cyclists are not allowed to ride on pavements. Pavements are for pedestrians. Why are you swerving though? I find that swerving is only necessary when you unexepectedly come upon a hazard in the road. A cyclist traveling on a road is hardly going to suprise you if you have been observant of the road ahead. Besides, did you know that according to law you have to give a cyclist at least 1 meter of clearence when passing them. I'm not saying that all cyclists are blameless but then neither are all motorists. I've been a cyclist for quite a number of years and trust me when I say that no matter how far to the left I keep (and according to law I am allowed 40cm from the hard shoulder of the road) there are awlays cars speeding past barely clearing me with their wing mirrors. Mutual respect is what is needed.

  • Aveen Mahabal - 2011-12-04 13:51

    As a cyclist, driver and doctor, I am appalled by the previous disgusting comments. The cyclist has no protection, the driver is in the car. The cyclist was knocked from behind. Cyclists have an equal right to the road. They travel at 40 to 60km an hour on the road. Idiot drivers don't realise the speeds and bravery it takes to cycle on roads with drivers who lack basic intelligence. I hope that drivers name is published and charged for attempted murder.

      Mike - 2011-12-04 14:18

      For a cyclist, driver and doctor you show a suprising ability to draw information out of thin air. Being hit from behind does not automatically mean that the driver of the vehicle is in the wrong, a case in point is the young cyclist that fell in front of traffic a while ago. Unless you were there and saw exactly what happened baying for the driver's blood is senseless.

      aveen.mahabal - 2011-12-04 19:56

      I agree that I cannot infere that it was the drivers fault. While the cyclist has to excercise a due amount of caution on roads, its the driver thats ultimately in control and should think. Cyclists have an equal right to the road. But then again thats the mentally of South African drivers " view the defenseless cyclist as an annoyance, dont wait for a few respectful moments to pass the cyclist, but pass immediately when its not safe to do so without respectfully reducing speed. Happens everyday.

  • cameronjohnprice - 2011-12-04 14:09

    Cycling must be the most dangerous sport in SA. Most SA'n drivers drive like idiots.

  • Andre - 2011-12-04 14:28

    Alon do not be an ass. Roads are made for bicycles as well. Pavements are for pedestrians. Read the road traffic act. I can ride my bicycle in the middle of the road and you can only pass me when it is safe to do so. Motorists should stick to the speed limits, stay off their cell phones, stop texting and drinking under the influence. A bicycle stays a vehicle and should be treated as such.

  • bev.mckenna - 2011-12-04 14:38

    Very sad...yet another horror story... I too am a cyclist.. and yes mutual respect between cyclists and motorists would be great. I think motorists who are not cyclists, don't realise that even though we try to ride as close to the side of the road as possible, they don't know that on skinny slick tyres we need to avoid all the glass, potholes and general debris that is always along the side of the road and is automatically flicked to the road edge by cars and after heavy rains it gets spread all over the road, so sometimes we have to use 60cm of the road to try avoid it, so that we dont spend our entire training rides fixing punctures, but I know some cyclists do ride badly and have given some of us a bad reputation... but please watch out for us... we have no protection other than a helmet, most cars have ABS and airbags and a hard metal shell. Let's respect each other please!

  • careful once you are here you can not deregister - 2011-12-04 15:02

    I can not understand why o few of them have a mirror attached to their bikes.Imagine driving in traffic without rear view mirrors.Bound to get connected and then it is the car driver at fault. And like Alon my condolences to the family and loved ones.

  • Syd - 2011-12-04 18:07

    One thing to remember: although cyclists have every right to be on the road the Road Traffic Ordinance does restrict cyclist to riding in single file. I see cyclists every day riding 3 and 4 abreast. Also one must remember that cars have rear view mirrors cycles don't. Therefore, cyclists who value their lives should keep well to the left. Motorists should be cautious when approaching a bike because they sometimes veer in front of of you unexpectedly because they don't know what is behind them.

  • ddelport - 2011-12-04 20:38

    When or will they ever make dedicated cycling lanes like they do in Europe and other developed countries? Maybe as a cyclist I should emigrate to France! It is downward absurd - hitting someone or something from behind means one of a few things - you were either speeding in poor visibility, drunk, blind or downright wreckless - No excuse sorry! Although I suffer from a little roadrage now and then I have reshaped my thinking and no cyclist has eversince made me cross on road - only those withouth helmets and hooligan kids that drive on pavements - THAT is extremely dangerous. I am sure there is enough road for all of us and MUTUAL respect. I cannot speak for everyone but when I do not ride alone or in the veld with my MTB I always go single lane and avoid roads with narrow shoulders. When mountain biking and the shoulder has a ridable ground shoulder I will use that to get a better workout. I have come accross alot of rude motorist that will hoot at you for no reason (believe me it is startling and do expect a middlefinger) and cars, taxis and busses passing me within inches and yes I can keep a straight line 30cm from the pavement. Stop getting frustrated and rather get treatment for your anger management or better start cycling and excersize it is good for you and nature. Days are over for wreckless impatient motorists - I hope he/she gets jailed for 20-30 years to make an example.

      Mike - 2011-12-05 05:59

      What about the cyclist that fell in front of traffic a while ago? It is not always the drivers fault so stop generalising.

  • Paul - 2011-12-05 15:41

    Reading all these comments make me think that I must have gone to school on Mars or something. We were taught (by Daantjie Kat nogal) to drive in the opposite direction so as to SEE what is going on around us when cycling. And also to use hand signals to indicate intent. Now as for the claims that cycles are legally protected to use the road in the same fashion as powered vehicles seems and sounds far fetched (because it is by no means a level playing field). It is on par as to say Lance Armstrong can compete against Valentino Rossi, each on their respective mode of transport when it comes to competitive sport. Motorists SHOULD be aware of cyclists, but I have never seen any (and I see a lot in the line of work I'm in) ANY cyclist adhering to the rules of the road as I was taught as a youngster.

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