Two boys from same school killed in cycling collisions

National Academy in Hucknall pays tribute to 12-year old and 15-year old

by Sarah Barth   September 11, 2012  

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Two boys from the same school have been killed in cycling incidents in just three months.

In July, 15 year old Harrison Carlin was involved in a collision with a car. On Thursday, Jeffrey Towney, 12, collided with a van while cycling in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, and died of his injuries on Sunday.

Both boys attended the National Academy, in Hucknall.

Pupils at the school had been moved to create their own campaign for safer cycling after Harrison's death.

The school's principal, Dr John Edwards, told the BBC: "All pupils in National are given lessons in road safety as a normal part of their personal development programme.

"However, this latest incident has strongly underlined the need to raise awareness even further, on the part of young people, drivers and road designers."

He added: "Jeffrey was a popular and lively boy, with a great sense of humour.

"He had many friends in different year groups from across the school. Pupils have been trying to come to terms with this tragic event.

"There have been special assemblies for those closest to Jeffrey, and a voluntary service was held on Monday at lunchtime."

Nottinghamshire Police are appealing for witnesses to Jeffrey's crash.

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Sadly thats now 3 boys that have been killed on the roads surrounding Nottingham in as many months.

A terrible shame for sure.

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posted by themartincox [379 posts]
11th September 2012 - 16:03

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The news of another life lost while cycling on British roads; is very sad indeed. I believe that there should be a media campaign backed by the UK government to draw attention to the dangers of cycling on UK highways.

The public awareness "THINK BIKE" televised for the safety motorbikers seemed to get the message across!
Perhaps a similar public awareness ad for the safety of pedal cyclists, would make most motorists think twice when they see a cyclist on the highways and byeways of Britain.

posted by Mostyn [407 posts]
12th September 2012 - 10:38

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I think your neutral wording "involved in a collision with a car" is OK (though it is most likely to be "was hit by a car"), but I think "collided with a van" makes the van sound too passive. Was the van stationary? I find this wording objectionable in the general press, and didn't expect to find it on a specialist cycling website.

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posted by cat1commuter [1380 posts]
12th September 2012 - 11:02

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Pleased that the principal is not taking this as an indication that cycling to school should be banned. He is rightly putting this down to shared responsibility, and well-done to the school for doing their part to give pupils road safety training.

Sadly this demonstrates the need for others to do their part too.

posted by HKCambridge [172 posts]
12th September 2012 - 11:24

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This is tragic and desperately sad.

You state that:
"On Thursday, Jeffrey Towney, 12, collided with a van while cycling in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, and died of his injuries on Sunday."

The 'collided with a van' line seems to have been copied and pasted from the BBC News story.

Did he, indeed, collide with a van, or did the van collide with him?

I really hope you are confident in your use of this language.

posted by Fox [5 posts]
12th September 2012 - 11:49

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Cue hysterical article in the Daily Mail against rogue car drivers and how the police should be kerbing speeding and dangerous driving?

Or another article about pavement cycling?

posted by SpamSpamSpam [20 posts]
12th September 2012 - 12:18

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before condeming the drivers on this one, does anyone know what happened. Too often i see young boys ride straight off the pavement without looking.

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posted by mrmo [1353 posts]
12th September 2012 - 19:45

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Very sad, terrible blow for the families of the boys.

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posted by OldRidgeback [2308 posts]
12th September 2012 - 20:34

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Mostyn wrote:
The news of another life lost while cycling on British roads; is very sad indeed. I believe that there should be a media campaign backed by the UK government to draw attention to the dangers of cycling on UK highways.

The public awareness "THINK BIKE" televised for the safety motorbikers seemed to get the message across!
Perhaps a similar public awareness ad for the safety of pedal cyclists, would make most motorists think twice when they see a cyclist on the highways and byeways of Britain.

Motorcyclists seem to be disproportionately represented in killed/seriously injured figures for road traffic collisions, considering the number of them on the road compared to cars. I don't really believe the 'Think Bike' campaign made much difference and I have absolutely no confidence that it would make any difference for cyclists. The CTC already have their 'SMIDSY' campaign, which is well-meaning, but will probably be fairly futile in the long run, unless we start changing the way our roads are designed.

posted by don_don [149 posts]
13th September 2012 - 15:33

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