Cyclist killed after hitting pedestrian

2012-05-05 14:42

Johannesburg - A cyclist was killed in an accident involving a pedestrian in Roodepoort, west of Johannesburg, paramedics said on Saturday.

Paramedics arrived to find the 32-year-old cyclist lying dead in the road on Friday, ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said.

The pedestrian, a man in his forties, suffered a serious head injury and was in a confused state. He was taken to Leratong Hospital.

"It is unclear what actually happened to cause the collision between the two, but it appears that one was trying to cross the road while the other was cycling downhill near Wilgerood Road. The road is quite windy," Jackson said.

  • Estelle - 2012-05-05 15:20

    Feel so very sorry for the family of the cyclist. Very sad incident.

  • Manu - 2012-05-05 15:28

    The cyclist must have been flying for the impact of the collision to have resulted in death. Unfortunate all the same.

      Piet - 2012-05-05 15:36

      Jip it is quite a downhill, drove past the scene....Ye

  • Tamaranui - 2012-05-05 16:07

    Foie Tog,

  • Nayrb - 2012-05-05 16:09

    Unfortunate event,condolences to the family.But cyclists should not be on the road. Local roads are not conducive to safe cycling and motoring.

  • jim.connolly.16 - 2012-05-05 17:12

    South African roads are neither pedestrian or cyclist friendly.........and the majority cannot afford a car.

  • ronell.germshuys - 2012-05-06 10:42

    Not trying to be mean or horrible, but pedestrians must learn to judge distance. If it was a car, the pedestrian would've been dead.

  • Ted - 2012-05-06 18:23

    There is a general overtone in people's postings that a person driving a car on a road has the right to be there and a pedestrian has no such right. Roads are for everyone. There are obviously markings regulating where a driving person and a pedestrian should be. To say a pedestrian hit on a road is stupid etc is applying a morbid perspective to an otherwise very serious problem. We may just need to up our pedestrian education with the same care and attention we train our drivers. Whilst accidents happen, drivers on the road should also drive with caution and anticipate to stop in time in case of emergencies. That is why we have all the road signs on the road. We should not always side with the one on wheels. They can also be wrong and the pedestrian may be right. Let's not write like we studied the scene of accident. Even medics who attend the scene always use words like 'seem', 'appears' etc. We sit behind a computer and all of a sudden we see a 'stupid' pedestrian crossing the road?

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