May 4th, 2017
A woman has been telling the local press about her terrifying experience after she was knocked off her bike and suffered a spinal injury.
The 28 year old woman who works as a nurse at a hospital, was knocked off her bike during rush hour as she cycled to work. She was in a cycle lane and was knocked off her bike when a red Nissan Micra turned left to go down a side road and drove across her path and caused her to crash and hit the road hard, breaking her back.
She claimed, “I was approaching the junction with the traffic lights on green. I was in the cycle lane when the car turned left and drove into me.
“I tried to swerve to the left out of the way but I collided with the right hand side of the car, fell and landed on my back.
The driver of the car and a driver of another vehicle stopped to help her and called for assistance. At first the cyclist thought she was ok and stood up and walked a short distance home, not realising how badly injured she was.
She said: “The van driver kindly helped me up but then left because I seemed OK. I didn’t realise at the time that I was injured. I was in complete shock.
“I walked home and then went to A&E when I realised I was in an extreme amount of pain.
“I had some X-rays on my back and it confirmed that I had a fracture. I have been off work for three weeks recovering and don’t yet know when I’ll be able to return.
“I won’t be cycling to work again. It has scared me. It has completely changed my thoughts on cycling. I have been cycling to work in London for six years and I had always enjoyed it.”
The cyclist must now wear a back brace for three weeks and will need ongoing treatment and physio for her spinal injury.
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