Police appeal for witnesses after rider dies of injuries in hospital

A 74-year old man has died after being involved in a collision with a car in Frithville, near Boston Lincolnshire on Thursday afternoon.

The crash took place at about 2:20pm near to the junction of West Fen Drainside and Brothertoft Road. The rider from Boston was hit by a red Renault Megane driven by an 88-year-old Boston woman.

The cyclist was taken to Pilgrim hospital, Boston, but later died as a result of serious injuries.

Police were unable to release the man's name yesterday as they were still in the process of identifying and informing the relatives and friends of the deceased.

Sgt Chris Dennett of the Collision Investigation Team is leading the investigation. He said: “We are trying to piece together exactly what happened. I am looking for anyone who saw the collision. Also witnesses who saw the cyclist pedalling along or walking and pushing his bike or the red Renault Megane being driven along prior to the crash.”

Anyone with information should call the non-emergency 101 number or the Collision Witness Hotline 01522 558855 and quote incident number 240 of April 23.

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.