Injured cyclist tells how he lay by roadside for more than 20 minutes as cars sped by

Incident took place on A5 in Warwickshire... happier outcome for stranded rider elsewhere in county thanks to a fellow cyclist driving by

by Simon_MacMichael   December 31, 2012  

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A cyclist has described how he was left lying injured by the side of a busy road in Warwickshire for more than 20 minutes as motorists passed by just feet away from him without stopping.  Elsewhere in Warwickshire, another rider left facing a long walk home after hitting a pothole has recounted how he was rescued by a passing driver – who turned out to be a fellow cyclist.

Ian Hughes, aged 66 and from Higham on the Hill near Hinckley in Leicestershire, had been thrown from his bike on the A5 near Atherstone, Warwickshire, after hitting a hole in the road on Friday 21 December at around 10.30am. The fall left him with a broken arm and torn muscles in his wrists.

The Leicester Mercury reports that while the cyclist’s recollection of events is sketchy, he says that a lorry that was behind him avoided hitting him but failed to stop, and that over the next 20 to 30 minutes a succession of cars passed by until finally one stopped.

The driver gave Mr Hughes his phone so he could call his wife, who came to the scene and drove him to hospital in Nuneaton, where his arm was set in a plaster cast.

"I was out cycling for fun and was heading up the A5 to get on to a nice country lane in Warwickshire,” explained Mr Hughes.

"I was just over the border, outside Atherstone, when I hit a square hole that was full of water.

"One minute I was moving and the next I was in a heap on the floor.

"I had my feet strapped to the pedals, so that stopped me flying over the handlebars and hurting myself more badly.

"I was also lucky the 40-tonne lorry behind me wasn't too close behind me, because he could have hit me.

"As it was, the lorry just went straight past.

"I got to the verge and then lay on the side of the road for quite a while, with no strength to do anything. I was within a foot of the road and motorists would have seen me as they passed but none of them stopped.

"You would have thought it was obvious I'd been hurt. I can't believe it took so long for someone to offer help."

The fall also resulted in Mr Hughes’ receiving bruising on his shoulder, elbows and hip and for three days he could not use his hands.

"I've got a big family with kids and grandchildren, so it really messed my Christmas up," he continued.

Mr Hughes believes that earlier roadworks may have been the cause of the hole in the road.

"I've reported it, because my accident could have been much worse. I was lucky to get off so lightly."

However, a Highways Agency spokesman told the Leicester Mercury that as a result of the Christmas break, there was no way of knowing whether the problem had already been notified or whether any steps were being taken to remedy it.

Elsewhere in Warwickshire, another cyclist who was left unable to ride his bike after hitting a pothole has thanked a motorist who stopped to check he was okay then drove off and returned with a larger vehicle to get the rider and his bicycle home.

Simon Eddleston, aged 42, had resigned himself to a five-mile walk home to Kenilworth Road, Leamington, after his bike suffered two flat tyres and a buckled front wheel when he hit the pothole as he rode home in the dark and the rain from his job in Coventry.

He was unable to call his wife to ask her to come to his aid since she was looking after their young children at home.

“I found myself some five miles or more from home, alone and getting cold in the dark,” he told the Warwick Courier.

“I realised I had no option, but to start walking. There is no footpath on this road, so I looked a peculiar sight pushing my bike along the verges with my lights flashing forlornly.”

Eventually, a car stopped – and the Good Samaritan turned out to be a cyclist himself.

The motorist asked Mr Eddleston whether he was okay.

“I told him I had a double blow out and a dented ego,” he explained.

“He told me he was a fellow cyclist and with experience in the perils of potholes.

“His name was Pete and I think he was in his mid-20s. He said he worked in London and was back for the weekend

“I think his parents live in Ashow.

“Pete explained he could pick up a car from home that would fit me and my depleted bike. He said keep walking and he would find me on his return.”

Mr Eddleston wondered whether the driver would be good to his word on such a cold night, particularly since the trip back to Lemington would take him out of his way.

“However, 20 minutes later I saw a lone car come over the horizon and flash his full beam – it was Pete.

“He was as good as his word. He was my saviour.

“As we were driving to Leamington I said ‘I think this is karma.’

“And he said ‘Yes, I think it is.’ He was my knight in shining armour. Not many would do that.”

However, Pete refused payment for his expenses and asked just one thing of Mr Eddleston.

“He left me with a request: ‘It’s your mission to save another cyclist in distress’.

“Pete, you are a hero,” he added. “Thank you and I gladly accept your challenge.

“I hope if Pete reads this, or his parents see it, he will see how grateful I am.”

 

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The second story reminds me of when I stuffed the rear mech into my wheel in Marlborough and had to walk back to Great/Little Bedwin to catch a train home. A couple stopped & offered me a lift but there car was immaculate and the thought of putting chain grease on the seats was enough to make me shudder, so I thanked them but declined their generous offer. It just goes to show whilst there are a lot of sinners there are some saints.

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posted by FATBEGGARONABIKE [580 posts]
31st December 2012 - 14:38

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The roads around my way Bucks/Aylesbury Vale are getting worse literally by the day. Non stop rain is making large potholes huge etc. No idea how they will get fixed as there did not seem to be much remedial work getting done before the winter when they were 'just bad'.

Ah, but that was then

posted by Pitstone Peddler [104 posts]
31st December 2012 - 15:10

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Perhaps the label 'winter bike' should only apply to machines with suspension and 2" tyres? Sad

I'd also have to note that at 10.30 on the A5 20 mins would equate to several hundred vehicles, yet none stopped. I don't believe that people generally are that callous. Could there be a chance that his judgement of time was impaired by the crash?

posted by sidesaddle [68 posts]
31st December 2012 - 15:29

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I've stopped numerous times to offer assistance. It's something you just do. The karma thing is deffinately relevant, as this year I punctured in the valley on the way out to Cap Formentor (my fault for not checking the hired bike spare tube). A very kind gent pulled up and gave me a tube. We then rode on and back. Cycling has great commaraderie.

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posted by mingmong [191 posts]
31st December 2012 - 15:34

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“He left me with a request: ‘It’s your mission to save another cyclist in distress’.

A good Samaritan indeed, and a good suggestion.

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posted by OldRidgeback [2165 posts]
31st December 2012 - 16:46

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Quote:
“However, a Highways Agency spokesman told the Leicester Mercury that as a result of the Christmas break, there was no way of knowing whether the problem had already been notified or whether any steps were being taken to remedy it"

Does this mean they close the whole agency down over christmas? so emergency repairs are just left for 2 weeks? that is disgraceful if so.

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posted by STATO [411 posts]
1st January 2013 - 12:33

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As the cyclist concerned I can assure you that the timescale is correct . I telephoned my wife within 5 minutes of the incident to pick me up as I didnt think my injuries required an ambulance . She took about 25 minutes to get there with my brother in law who came to help and the motorist that stopped to help had only been with me for a few minutes before she arrived

posted by pensioner1 [2 posts]
1st January 2013 - 16:43

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1. Report every pothole you find - so that it's logged as having been reported. http://www.fillthathole.org.uk/hazards/report
2. Of course we cyclists stop to help fellow cyclists. We're cyclists first, reluctant motorists last.
3. What could be a better spend than repairing roads? Creates employment and maintains infrastructure. Or we could simply give the bankers a bigger bonus...

posted by Peter531 [5 posts]
4th January 2013 - 19:10

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I totally believe in karma. If you do good today, someone will do good to you some day. About 2 years ago, I was riding my motorcycle and another motorcyclist fell as he was negotiating a bend and he lost control as the bike swirl. I immediately stopped my bike and helped carry his bike up. Just last year, I met with an accident and fractured my toe, and there were more than 3 good samaritans who came to my rescue. Always imagine you are in the other person's shoes and think what you would want others to do unto you.

Peter Mould - http://www.pmwltd.co.uk

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26th March 2013 - 4:42

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