Animal was killed instantly in high speed collision in New South Wales

A cyclist in Australia was left with bruises and stitches when he was hit by a kangaroo while out on a group ride, with the impact of the collision killing the animal instantly.

Dominic Shepherd from Junee, New South Wales, was in a group of 20 riders travelling at 40 kilometres an hour when the large marsupial attempted to bound across the road at right angles to him, knocking him from the bike.

The incident which took place between Harefield and Wagga was captured on camera by a cyclist riding behind him, with doctor riding with them administering first aid before he was taken to hospital, reports 9 News.

Mr Shepherd said: “Four lots of stitches, skinned knees, bruising all over my body, and my thumbs where I landed on the grips - I can’t move my thumbs.”

He added: “It’s just one of those things. It’s pretty rare but it does happen, it’s part of the game.”

Last month in Victoria, four cyclists ended up in hospital after one skidded on the carcass of a dead kangaroo, believed to have been killed earlier in a collision with a  motor vehicle.

> Four cyclists hospitalised after crashing due to dead kangaroo

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.