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Police repeat witness appeal after 31-year-old Essex woman dies from injuries sustained last Thursday

It has been revealed that the cyclist involved in a collision with a car in Norfolk last Thursday that left the driver of the vehicle dead has died in hospital from her injuries. Norfolk Constabulary are continuing to appeal for witnesses to the incident.

The cyclist, a 31-year-old woman from Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, died in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, on Saturday, reports BBC News.

She had been taken by helicopter to the hospital following the incident at 4.20pm last Thursday 11 April. The 84-year-old male driver of the car involved, who was from Sheringham, Norfolk, died at the scene.

According to a witness appeal from Norfolk Constabulary: “Officers are keen to speak to anyone who may have spotted a green/silver coloured cycle [a Dawes Galaxy] travelling towards Swaffham, the manner of driving of the Micra or witnessed the incident itself.

“They should contact the Serious Collision Investigation Team at Wymondham roads policing on the non-emergency 101 number.”

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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Gkam84 [9111 posts] 4 years ago
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Very sad to hear, unusual that the driver also died, being that the driver was 84 and died at the scene makes me think it was a medical condition.

I don't want to speculate any further, but this could be a sad accident rather than anyone's fault  2

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John John [8 posts] 4 years ago
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Sorry but are most 84 year old's still fit to safely operate lethal machinery? GPs have to ensure that all drivers of such age are fit and safe to drive particularly with regard to other road users and pedestrians. The GPs should not take a lenient view just because a patient may have been known to them for several years; and/or they live in a remote or rural area; it's the easiest option than to notify the DSA that a patient is in their opinion 'no longer fit to drive'.

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Stumps [3496 posts] 4 years ago
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My dad is 77 years old, cycles over 50 miles a week and has nigh on perfect vision.

He drives a car and is a very safe, competent driver.

Accidents happen and i agree with Gkam on this it sounds like his age caught up with him. But saying that i know of 20 odd year olds dying of a heart attack whilst driving so you just dont know and it would be wrong to speculate or accuse any further.

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jijiandnoah [50 posts] 4 years ago
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John John wrote:

Sorry but are most 84 year old's still fit to safely operate lethal machinery?

Massive (and frankly ageist) assumption that this has to have been the driver's fault, rather than - for example as Gkam pointed out - a tragic accident. Jumping to these kinds of "it has to be bad driving" conclusions doesn't help anyone especially in cases like this where two families have lost loved ones

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tired old fart [77 posts] 4 years ago
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oh no the driver who caused the death of a cyclist has died  20 boo fucking hoo they caused the death of the cyclist either by driving when medicaly unfit or by being an idiot either by the manner of driving or being drunk at the wheel the car driver got what they deserved simple as that.

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jollygoodvelo [1678 posts] 4 years ago
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It's a tragic event whether or not it was caused by infirmity on the part of the driver: and that may be an assumption, but it's statistically more likely given their age and therefore a good initial theory.

I'm sure that the coroner's report will contain the results of the driver's post-mortem and the victim's family will have that explanation.

Bit of a worry though isn't it - we wear hi-vis (sometimes) and lights (when appropriate), but if the driver of the car that comes up behind you is asleep (permanently or otherwise) what can you do?

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jijiandnoah [50 posts] 4 years ago
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tired old fart wrote:

oh no the driver who caused the death of a cyclist has died  20 boo fucking hoo they caused the death of the cyclist either by driving when medicaly unfit or by being an idiot either by the manner of driving or being drunk at the wheel the car driver got what they deserved simple as that.

And this - ladies and gentlemen - is exactly the kind of stupid, myopic and plain unpleasant partisan shit that gives cyclists a bad name. I don't know what else to say, except that if you can't feel one shred of compassion for a man dying in an accident because they are a car driver - without even knowing the facts! - then I'd say its a good bet you're probably a sociopath

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Mat Brett [659 posts] 4 years ago
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tired old fart wrote:

oh no the driver who caused the death of a cyclist has died  20 boo fucking hoo they caused the death of the cyclist either by driving when medicaly unfit or by being an idiot either by the manner of driving or being drunk at the wheel the car driver got what they deserved simple as that.

For real? This comment is a new low.