Cyclist killed in North West

2012-04-28 08:00

Johannesburg - A cyclist died when he was hit by a bakkie 16km outside of Potchefstroom, in the North West, on Friday, paramedics said.

When they arrived at the scene, he was lying in the road with a head injury and a broken leg, but his condition deteriorated and he died, said ER24 spokesperson Andre Visser.

The accident took place at about 15:45.

The bakkie driver was not injured.

  • Sechaba - 2012-04-28 08:29

    Is this news?

      Philemon - 2012-04-28 08:51

      Started drinking a bit early in the morning?

      brenton.tyrrell - 2012-04-28 15:59

      Things appear a lot more believable when you haul your head out of your ass, Sechaba.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-28 09:02

    Why they ride on the road is beyond me.

      Julio - 2012-04-28 09:25

      Where the F.... would you want them to ride?

      Malans - 2012-04-28 09:32

      I agree, we must get these car, bakkie and bus drivers off the road. Most of them have no clue about driving, fooling about with their false licenses. Get them off the road! This was probably no accident, it may have been murder.

      Cassandra Olivier - 2012-04-28 10:58

      @Mike tell the government to make bicycle lanes. They have no where else to ride

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-28 10:07

    I used to cycle to work until i very nearly got taken out,what i realised was that drivers dont give a damn about cyclist and the same applies to cyclists.Roads are for vehicles most cyclists simply ride in the middle of the road.If you encounter a cyclist in front of you half in the road and a car approaches would you clip the cyclist or have a head on with the vehicle..?

      Malans - 2012-04-28 10:17

      Please tell me how cyclists can "give a damn about drivers". In what way can a cyclist be any danger to a driver? Almost all cyclists are killed by inconsiderate drivers just driving over them. Is a bicycle not a vehicle in your statement "roads are for vehicles"? If not, why not? If you encounter a very slow vehicle in front of you and a car approaches, what would you do then? "Clip" (i.e. KILL) a cyclist in another lane? I hope these questions demonstrate that there is something drastically wrong in your head Mr Purchase.

      fanie.nel - 2012-04-28 14:54

      If there is a cyclist or commuter (half in the road) in front of me and a car approaching from the other side I would slow down and pass when it is safe. Why do you only make it a choice between clipping the cyclist or the car in front of you? What do you do when there is a slow car in front of you?

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-29 07:51

      Malans,the truth is many cyclists are extremely selfish, they ride in the road when there is plenty of space on the verge. It's not just selfish, it's stupid (we don't exactly live in a calm friendly and tolerant country!) - and hence cyclists are not the most popular of road users. In this case we don't know the facts, but that would be the first assumption. I cycle myself by the way. Fanie, you are not the majority - a lot of road users are extremely aggressive, cyclists have to come to terms with reality, and be as considerate as possible - the consequences of arrogance and selfishness can lead to death, is it worth it?

  • Brian - 2012-04-28 10:26

    Poor guy! Condolences to his family! And to the people making idiotic comments about cyclists on the road - read the Road Traffic Act. They have just as much right to the roads as other vehicles. Best get used to it too because with the way fuel prices are going there's going to be a lot more of them the road in future.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-29 07:53

      Brian, by law they have just as much rights - but common sense says that if they demand these rights, they will come off second best. Often wanting exactly the same rights as other vehicles is just plain selfish anyway.

  • Deon - 2012-04-28 11:41

    I nearly got run over by a land rover speeding around a corner, and there's no way that she couldnt see me in front of her, when she stopped at the next red light, I stopped next to her and gave her my piece of mind, some of these drivers just dont give a damn

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-28 12:09

    Brian i agree with you being an ex cyclist what im saying is that provision should be made for cyclists other than on the road because drivers see cyclists as a soft target.Hundreds of cyclists and motor bikers are hit by vehicles and yes it is wrong.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-28 12:15

    Malans i hear what you are saying i travel in town a lot and honestly some cyclist dont realise that a car is a danger to them.Last week a guy simply rode in the middle of the road without moving over,most do move over but this okes attitude was obviously up yours.I almost got taken out by a car,not nice.

      Henry - 2012-04-28 15:58

      The day you "clip" a cyclist may be the 2nd worst day in your life. The worst day in your life will be when the cyclist you clipped turns out to be an advocate.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-29 07:56

      So Henry, you have no problem that the cyclist hogged the middle of the road? A dead advocate won't be much threat to anyone. You seem to condone selfishness, no wonder cyclists are such an unpopular bunch. Where did Mike say "clip" by the way?

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-28 12:18

    I agree cassandra unfortunately its not going to happen.

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