Driver sought over mystery injury of teenage triathlete in the New Forest

The seriously injured 14-year-old girl was found in the road after a silver vehicle passed

by Sarah Barth   October 24, 2012  

Broken bike (CC licensed image by garryknight, www.flickr.com)

A driver is being sought after a mysterious incident that left a 14-year-old triathlete seriously injured.

The teenage girl, who is ranked third for her age in the triathlon, was out training in the New Forest with her father when she raced ahead from him to crest a hill.

While she was out of sight, a silver vehicle overtook the father in the direction of his daughter.

When he eventually caught up with her, he found her seriously injured in the road, and she was taken to Southampton General Hospital with head injuries, a broken collar bone and multiple cuts.

Sergeant Richard Grant from Hampshire Police told the Southampton Daily Echo that police need to establish whether the silver vehicle was involved or whether the girl, from Ferndown, came off her cycle during the incident at 5.30pm on Sunday.

He said: “We want to speak to anyone who may have seen the cyclists before the incident or who may have witnessed it.

“In particular, we need to speak to the driver of a silver vehicle which was travelling in the same direction and overtook the cyclists shortly before the girl was found lying in the road, injured.”

The cyclists were on Crow Hill, towards Christchurch Road, near Ringwood.

The issue of cycling in the New Forest has provoked much debate of late amongst both residents of the national park and the many cyclists who use it - with some residents both resentful of the numbers of cyclists on the Forest roads at weekends - particularly during the recet New Forest Sportive - and apparently concerned about their impact on the local environment while cyclists point to incidences of inconsiderate and agressive driving.

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The following comment is from the New Forest Sportive thread by FATBEGGAR ON A BIKE:
Having just done the Gridiron Audax last Sunday and thoroughly enjoying myself (thank you to all the people involved in the organising and running of this wonderful event) I personnaly can't say that I saw any cyclists more than two abreast even the pairs singled out on small lanes, what I did encounter was a group of ramblers spread all across the road/lane who took their own sweet time about moving to the side of the road to let a ROAD USER through (two went to the opposite kerb to the rest of the group making the gap between narrower than it needed to be and then tutted as I went past) I used my horn, then bell, then my voice to warn them of my approach (nice gentle words only). I had an unpleasent incident with a silver pick up truck coming towards me and bullying his way past rather than put his near side wheel on the grass verge, and then I came across the accident that Chuffy commented on but was not aware of the commotion caused by the little twerp throwing his toys out of his pram! until I got to the village hall/tea & cake stop later (he threatened a cyclist, then told the ambulance driver to move his vehicle then threatened the ambulance driver when he didn't get his way used his van as a weapon nearly hitting a group of cyclists by all accounts deliberatly when turning round before speeding off)

Possibly related?? Silver vehicle in both cases.

posted by SevenHills [140 posts]
24th October 2012 - 9:09

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Wow! talk about coincidences I wonder if this was the same silver vehicle (& driver) that caused so much grieve at the gridiron event the previous Sunday?

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posted by FATBEGGARONABIKE [484 posts]
24th October 2012 - 9:12

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By the way i should have also added that i hope the young lady makes a full recovery and gets well soon.

posted by SevenHills [140 posts]
24th October 2012 - 9:12

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Bugger! Sevenhills must be a faster typer (?) than me there were no posts when I made my comment

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posted by FATBEGGARONABIKE [484 posts]
24th October 2012 - 9:15

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Suppose we have to be thankful that she wasn't training on her own. Hope she recovers.

Dodging the saccadic masking

posted by notfastenough [2607 posts]
24th October 2012 - 9:23

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FATBEGGARONABIKE wrote:
Bugger! Sevenhills must be a faster typer (?) than me there were no posts when I made my comment

Only if you type one handed! Big Grin

posted by SevenHills [140 posts]
24th October 2012 - 9:35

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Two handed but index fingers only

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posted by FATBEGGARONABIKE [484 posts]
24th October 2012 - 9:43

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Maybe it's time we all start using helmet cams... and make it known to drivers.

I don't follow trends. Trends follow me.

posted by BBB [164 posts]
24th October 2012 - 10:26

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I cannot understand how anyone in a car could hit another road user and just leave them. I'm not saying that happened in this case as it's not clear, but it does look suspiciously coincidental. If it was the driver of the silver car, I hope (s)he finds out that karma is usually a b1tch.

posted by Sadly Biggins [261 posts]
24th October 2012 - 10:31

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PS - I hope the cyclist is on the mend soon

posted by Sadly Biggins [261 posts]
24th October 2012 - 10:31

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FATBEGGARONABIKE wrote:
Wow! talk about coincidences I wonder if this was the same silver vehicle (& driver) that caused so much grieve at the gridiron event the previous Sunday?

The Gridiron vehicle was a flatbed truck. Yellow, but with silver sides.

We've heard from the police again re: the Gridiron incident. They're currently chasing up the people who reported it. Hopefully everyone who did will be prepared to give a statement, because the police seen keen to stick some charges on this charmless gentleman.

Hope this girl makes a full recovery and they get the driver (assuming they were responsible).

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posted by Chuffy [183 posts]
24th October 2012 - 11:14

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"and apparently concerned about their impact on the local environment". I assume this is about road cyclists? What impact do road cyclists have on the local environment relative to cars? Or have I mis-read?

posted by Wozzer [28 posts]
24th October 2012 - 13:47

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BBB wrote:
Maybe it's time we all start using helmet cams... and make it known to drivers.

I was wondering about a jersey design that serves as just such a warning. ''CCTV in operation for my safety' etc...

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posted by notfastenough [2607 posts]
24th October 2012 - 19:34

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When I raced Primera New Forest triathlon back in Sept, I witnessed a road rage demonstration by a Saab color champagne/silver.
I was 30m behind a rider and after the car overtook me quickly, the driver tried to put the rider out of the road. The scene lasted for 2/3min where he was using his car as a weapon.
I was too far behind to catch them up or see the plates. He finally get away. The competitor was pretty shocked.
Probably an other local, Sad

posted by julienbob [3 posts]
24th October 2012 - 20:57

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Very upsetting, this country is shameful at times.

I hope this talented young girl makes a full recovery as soon as possible and returns to her sport. My thoughts are with her family and father.

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posted by emily.b [15 posts]
24th October 2012 - 20:59

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So this is what some coward driver has been reduced too? a 14 year old, hope she recovers quickly and is back riding.

posted by northstar [937 posts]
24th October 2012 - 21:50

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I used to train in the New Forest, I could go for miles and miles without even seeing a car. It was a haven of peace and quite, one of my favourite tricks was to see how far I could go with no hands, don't think I would want to try it now.
Seems to me it's time to start calling for the New Forest to be a car free zone.

Get out and ride

posted by davidtcycle [59 posts]
27th November 2012 - 18:21

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