Essex Police seek cyclist after pedestrian left paralysed following collision

Information sought in connection with incident in Braintree last month

by Simon_MacMichael   October 27, 2011 news

Police in Essex have issued an appeal to find a cyclist who failed to stop after colliding with a pedestrian who suffered a broken neck in the incident. He has been left paralysed and will never walk again, reports the Braintree and Witham Times.

The incident took place at 9pm on September 23 as 63-year-old Terry Pace was walking on a footpath between St John’s Avenue and Rifle Hill, close to his home in Braintree. It was not reported whether or not the incident took place on a shared use path.

So far, police have been unable to trace the bike rider involved in the incident and anyone with information is urged to call the central road policing unit on 0300 333 4444 or 101.

While the issue of cyclists reportedly putting pedestrians at risk by riding on pavements and footpaths often features in the local and national press, recorded incidents resulting in death or serious injury to pedestrians are, thankfully, rare.

Earlier this year, Conservative MP Andrea Leadsom, highlighting the case of 17-year-old Rhiannon Bennett, who died after being struck by a bicycle in 2007, introduced a proposed Dangerous and Reckless Cycling Bill in the House of Commons under the 10-minute rule.

The cyclist in Rhiannon’s case, Jason Howard, was subsequently convicted of dangerous cycling and fined £2,200.

There has always been some doubt about the exact circumstances of the incident, with a policeman involved in the case telling the BBC that Rhiannon was on the road, not the pavement as has often been reported, at the time.

Road Safety Minister Mike Penning was reported at the time to have pledged his support to the bill, although the DfT said that no decision had been made regarding the issue.

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Awful story, - dont be a jerk get off the pavements..

posted by leonrushworth [17 posts]
28th October 2011 - 12:15

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leonrushworth wrote:
Awful story, - dont be a jerk get off the pavements..

Yes, but this isn't a pavement. Easy to find on Google Maps. It is a path through a park, legal to cycle on (no signs banning). It was dark. Maybe the cyclist didn't have lights?

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1333 posts]
28th October 2011 - 13:51

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it's a little disappointing that nobody's come forward. i know we all get pretty angry when drivers won't own up - why wouldn't we feel the same about a cyclist?

posted by merino [19 posts]
28th October 2011 - 15:16

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