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Cyclist stopped breathing after being hit from behind in roundabout crash

Cyclist stopped breathing after being hit from behind in roundabout crash <i>(Image: Newsquest)</i>
Cyclist stopped breathing after being hit from behind in roundabout crash (Image: Newsquest)

A cyclist has spoken out after a crash at a roundabout junction that caused her to stop breathing and left her in hospital for more than two weeks.

The woman in her 50s was struck from behind by a grey Skoda Octavia car at Abingdon's Radley roundabout at the junction of Radley Road, Twelve Acre Drive and Audlett Drive at 2pm on Friday, November 10.

The cyclist has revealed she stopped breathing and was helped by several Good Samaritans who helped her start breathing again roadside.

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She was airlifted to the John Radcliffe Hospital where she had surgery and treatment for various injuries, including broken ribs, spinal bones and pelvis, a fractured foot, and blood clots on her lungs.

The cyclist, who was wearing a high-visibility vest and helmet, was riding a grey electrically assisted pedal bike, travelling towards Abingdon.

She said: “I would like to say a huge thank you, appreciation and acknowledgement to everyone who stopped and helped me.

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Air Ambulance
Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Air Ambulance

Thames Valley Air Ambulance (Image: Thames Valley Air Ambulance)“After the incident, I had been run over and I was on the road. I was told later that I had actually stopped breathing.

“One of the Good Samaritans helped me so I could start breathing again.

“I have been able to get in touch with two of the people who stopped to help me, to thank them, but there were many other people who stopped, so I would like to extend my thanks to everyone who helped me.”

She was discharged from the hospital more than weeks later on Saturday, November 25.

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“My huge gratitude to the staff at the John Radcliffe Hospital, the ambulance and air ambulance staff for their treatment", she added.

“After what happened, I have had so much support from family, friends, my employers and members of the community in Abingdon.

"It has been wonderful to have such support during my recovery.”

No arrests have been made in connection with the incident, Thames Valley Police has confirmed.

After the incident, investigating officer, PC Shaun Kipling of the Roads Policing Unit, said: “I’m appealing to any witnesses, anyone who has footage of the collision or either the bicycle or vehicle prior to the collision, or anyone else with information to come forward."

PC Kipling added: “We thank the public for their cooperation and support while the road was closed until 8pm to allow emergency services to treat the woman as well as to ensure officers could thoroughly investigate the scene.”

Anyone who has information about the collision, contact the force on the Thames Valley Police website, visit a police station, or call 101, quoting the investigation reference 43230506274.