The grim opening to 2015 continued last night with the sixth cyclist fatality of the year, in Dorchester.
An as-yet-unnamed 46-year old man cycling along the A37 at Dorchester when he was involved in a collision with one or more vehicles, according to police reports.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Three rapid response vehicles and two ambulances from South Western Ambulance Service attended the crash. A spokesman for the service was unable to say how many casualties there were but told the Dorset Echo: “Both of the ambulances conveyed patients to hospital.”
Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision, which happened at around 6.40pm on Thursday January 8 2015, between the Weirs roundabout and Loders garage.
It's the second fatality on the A37 near Dorchester in less than two months.
On Friday, November 28 2014 a 55-year-old man was killed when he was hit by a car between the Weir and Monkeys Jump roundabouts.
Dorset Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the latest collision to call PC Tim Gooding of the Dorset Police Traffic Unit on 101 quoting incident number 8:349.
Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.
Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.
Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.
The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.