Barrow crash cyclist's helmet plea
Last updated at 16:00, Sunday, 18 August 2013
A BARROW cyclist who was knocked off his bike in a collision with a car says he would have suffered potentially serious head injuries if not for his helmet.
Paul Hunt, of Holker Street, Barrow, was struck by the vehicle at the junction of Rawlinson Street and Lumley Street in Barrow on Monday evening as he set off on a bike ride.
The 42-year-old, who was wearing a helmet he bought only two weeks ago, briefly lost consciousness after he flew over the car bonnet and banged his head on the road.
He was treated at the scene and taken by ambulance to Furness General Hospital, but fortunately did not have to be kept in overnight.
But Mr Hunt, a property developer who runs a franchise of Bargain Booze shops, is still off work and was due back at FGH yesterday for more X-rays on his shoulder, ankle and collar bone.
He said: “I didn’t feel much pain until the ambulance crew were there and I was given some gas and air.
“They had to do it orally because they couldn’t find a vein and my body was apparently starting to shut down a little bit and I was going into a bit of shock when I came round.
“If not for the helmet I think I would probably still be in Furness General, if not further away at another hospital that deals specially with head injuries. Absolutely, 100 per cent.
“I think it could have caused some serious damage. I’ve come off a car bonnet which was three or four feet in the air and landed on the back of my head.
“I used to wear a kind of hard hat, if you will, but my wife convinced me to get a helmet and this new one was only about a fortnight old, so I was glad I had the stronger one.
“Whether you’re going to the shop on your bike, even if it’s five minutes down the road, wear a helmet.
“It’s not just about being a rider yourself, it’s also about other people not being aware, and you don’t know when they’re going to come – because I didn’t.”
First published at 15:35, Sunday, 18 August 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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