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Video: Cyclist featured in Car Vs Bike episode of new BBC Three series How Not To Die

Seven-part series uses real life stories to provide advice on what to do in life-threatening situations

A cyclist who almost died when he was hit by a motorist while taking part in a charity cycle ride from Newcastle to London in 2016 features in a new BBC Three Series, How Not To Die.

The series tells the stories of people who have found themselves in life-threatening situations, and also provides advice of what to do to people who find themselves in a position to provide assistance.

Episodes of the short-form video series have titles such as Electrocution, Cardiac Arrest, Acid Attack, Ecstasy, Dog Attack and Stabbing and, in Adrian Leake’s case, Car Vs Bike.

He was struck from behind by a distracted driver who was travelling at 60mph near Ferryhill, County Durham on 20 August 2016, and was airlifted to Middlesbrough’s James Cook University Hospital with spinal injuries.

The video explores his thoughts about the crash and discusses his injuries and recovery from them.

A spokesperson for Great North Air Ambulance, quoted in the Northern Echo, said: "In 2016 our paramedic and doctor team came to the aid of Adrian Leake, who feared he would never walk again after a bicycle crash near Ferryhill left him with severe spinal injuries.

"Two years later, the father-of-two from Rugeley, Staffordshire, has made a great recovery and started a new career as a driving instructor.

"Adrian has now been featured in an episode of the BBC Three series How Not To Die, which aims to inform people of what to do if they find themselves in a life-threatening situation."

All episodes are currently available on YouTube and will be released as a box set on BBC iPlayer this Thursday 3 January at 10am.

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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