Hunt for driver after top athlete badly hurt cycling across Forest

Daily Echo: Hunt for driver after top athlete seriously hurt cycling across New Forest Hunt for driver after top athlete seriously hurt cycling across New Forest

Police are hunting a driver after one of the country’s top teenage athletes was left seriously hurt as she cycled across the New Forest.

The 14-year-old was badly hurt and taken to Southampton General Hospital after an incident while on a training session with her dad.

It happened as they cycled on Crow Hill, towards Christchurch Road, near Ringwood, when the girl pulled away from her father and crested the hill.

When she was out of sight, her father was aware of a silver vehicle behind him and overtook him.

As her father crested the hill, he found his daughter, who is ranked third for her age in the triathlon, lying in the road.

She was taken to Southampton General Hospital, where she was found to have head injuries, a broken collar bone and multiple cuts.

Sergeant Richard Grant said police need to establish whether the silver vehicle was involved or whether the girl, from Ferndown, came off her cycle during the incident at 5.30pm on Sunday.

He said: “We want to speak to anyone who may have seen the cyclists before the incident or who may have witnessed it.

“In particular, we need to speak to the driver of a silver vehicle which was travelling in the same direction and overtook the cyclists shortly before the girl was found lying in the road, injured.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt Grant at Totton on 101, quoting incident 44120410844.

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7:05pm Tue 23 Oct 12

Ginger_cyclist says...

Sounds like it was done with intention to seriously injure or kill, I hope the girl makes a full recovery and that the driver is found and prosecuted for causing injury through dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene, the failing to stop is what rings the "intentional" alarm bells with me.
Sounds like it was done with intention to seriously injure or kill, I hope the girl makes a full recovery and that the driver is found and prosecuted for causing injury through dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene, the failing to stop is what rings the "intentional" alarm bells with me. Ginger_cyclist

7:16pm Tue 23 Oct 12

ohec says...

Oh dear Ginger_cyclist is on his soap box again how on earth he has jumped to those conclusions God knows, but of course in his distorted little mind a silver car was seen so he has to be guilty. The Police could save a fortune if they consulted him on every incident that takes place.
I wish the girl a full and speedy recovery.
Oh dear Ginger_cyclist is on his soap box again how on earth he has jumped to those conclusions God knows, but of course in his distorted little mind a silver car was seen so he has to be guilty. The Police could save a fortune if they consulted him on every incident that takes place. I wish the girl a full and speedy recovery. ohec

7:39pm Tue 23 Oct 12

Ginger_cyclist says...

ohec wrote:
Oh dear Ginger_cyclist is on his soap box again how on earth he has jumped to those conclusions God knows, but of course in his distorted little mind a silver car was seen so he has to be guilty. The Police could save a fortune if they consulted him on every incident that takes place.
I wish the girl a full and speedy recovery.
Considering the injuries she suffered, I doubt she just fell off, especially as she only just crested a hill which meant she probably wasn't doing more than 20mph to 25mph and you would not get those injuries if you only fell off, I saw someone earlier crash at about 25mph earlier after overshooting a jump, he didn't break any bones, I've crashed my bike at 30mph+, I was injured yeah but no broken bones, so yeah, the car hit her.
[quote][p][bold]ohec[/bold] wrote: Oh dear Ginger_cyclist is on his soap box again how on earth he has jumped to those conclusions God knows, but of course in his distorted little mind a silver car was seen so he has to be guilty. The Police could save a fortune if they consulted him on every incident that takes place. I wish the girl a full and speedy recovery.[/p][/quote]Considering the injuries she suffered, I doubt she just fell off, especially as she only just crested a hill which meant she probably wasn't doing more than 20mph to 25mph and you would not get those injuries if you only fell off, I saw someone earlier crash at about 25mph earlier after overshooting a jump, he didn't break any bones, I've crashed my bike at 30mph+, I was injured yeah but no broken bones, so yeah, the car hit her. Ginger_cyclist

8:25pm Tue 23 Oct 12

Sir Ad E Noid says...

Ginger_cyclist wrote:
Sounds like it was done with intention to seriously injure or kill, I hope the girl makes a full recovery and that the driver is found and prosecuted for causing injury through dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene, the failing to stop is what rings the "intentional" alarm bells with me.
What a completely idiotic post. Where does it say that the cyclist was run over? I think the piece says that the Police want to speak to the driver to see if he saw anything or was involved in the cyclist coming of the bike. I fell off my bike at 15 MPH and broke fingers, a collar bone and had lots of cuts. That's easy to do. You watch too much CSI. You need to get out more.
[quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: Sounds like it was done with intention to seriously injure or kill, I hope the girl makes a full recovery and that the driver is found and prosecuted for causing injury through dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene, the failing to stop is what rings the "intentional" alarm bells with me.[/p][/quote]What a completely idiotic post. Where does it say that the cyclist was run over? I think the piece says that the Police want to speak to the driver to see if he saw anything or was involved in the cyclist coming of the bike. I fell off my bike at 15 MPH and broke fingers, a collar bone and had lots of cuts. That's easy to do. You watch too much CSI. You need to get out more. Sir Ad E Noid

8:29pm Tue 23 Oct 12

sass says...

Ask the girl what happened. I hope she was wearing a helmet and makes a full recovery.
Ask the girl what happened. I hope she was wearing a helmet and makes a full recovery. sass

8:33pm Tue 23 Oct 12

geoff51 says...

Much as I feel for the young lady your attitude Ginger winger stinks!
Why do you always assume the demon motorist is always to blame?
I am sure the young lady or her parents do not wish you to get on your soap box, just for once until proven otherwise that there may be a perfectly innocent reason for the accident such as a pothole or other normal road event.
Hope you feel better soon young lady, ignore Ginger and stick with the normal cycling fraternity.
Much as I feel for the young lady your attitude Ginger winger stinks! Why do you always assume the demon motorist is always to blame? I am sure the young lady or her parents do not wish you to get on your soap box, just for once until proven otherwise that there may be a perfectly innocent reason for the accident such as a pothole or other normal road event. Hope you feel better soon young lady, ignore Ginger and stick with the normal cycling fraternity. geoff51

8:54pm Tue 23 Oct 12

downfader says...

geoff51 wrote:
Much as I feel for the young lady your attitude Ginger winger stinks!
Why do you always assume the demon motorist is always to blame?
I am sure the young lady or her parents do not wish you to get on your soap box, just for once until proven otherwise that there may be a perfectly innocent reason for the accident such as a pothole or other normal road event.
Hope you feel better soon young lady, ignore Ginger and stick with the normal cycling fraternity.
I do feel that GC is a product of the attitudes of some on here. Too many of you are far too keen to shout "idiot" at people. Perhaps if you considered a different tact.

Lets look at the report - you simply do not get a broken collarbone and severe head injuries from a simple fall at the crest of a hill.

Otherwise why "hunt" for the driver?
[quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: Much as I feel for the young lady your attitude Ginger winger stinks! Why do you always assume the demon motorist is always to blame? I am sure the young lady or her parents do not wish you to get on your soap box, just for once until proven otherwise that there may be a perfectly innocent reason for the accident such as a pothole or other normal road event. Hope you feel better soon young lady, ignore Ginger and stick with the normal cycling fraternity.[/p][/quote]I do feel that GC is a product of the attitudes of some on here. Too many of you are far too keen to shout "idiot" at people. Perhaps if you considered a different tact. Lets look at the report - you simply do not get a broken collarbone and severe head injuries from a simple fall at the crest of a hill. Otherwise why "hunt" for the driver? downfader

8:58pm Tue 23 Oct 12

downfader says...

Ahh for crying out loud, that wasnt aimed at Geoff.. for some reason its put a quote in
Ahh for crying out loud, that wasnt aimed at Geoff.. for some reason its put a quote in downfader

9:55pm Tue 23 Oct 12

wizard says...

Ginger_cyclist wrote:
Sounds like it was done with intention to seriously injure or kill, I hope the girl makes a full recovery and that the driver is found and prosecuted for causing injury through dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene, the failing to stop is what rings the "intentional" alarm bells with me.
Please everyone dont assume all cyclists have the "ginger" attitude" he is giving all cyclists a bad name!

just for you info fella, my son fell off his bike at less than 10mph and broke both wrists, collar bone and cuts and bruises so i guess you were just lucky you utter ti*

hope the girl makes a speedy and full recovery
[quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: Sounds like it was done with intention to seriously injure or kill, I hope the girl makes a full recovery and that the driver is found and prosecuted for causing injury through dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene, the failing to stop is what rings the "intentional" alarm bells with me.[/p][/quote]Please everyone dont assume all cyclists have the "ginger" attitude" he is giving all cyclists a bad name! just for you info fella, my son fell off his bike at less than 10mph and broke both wrists, collar bone and cuts and bruises so i guess you were just lucky you utter ti* hope the girl makes a speedy and full recovery wizard

10:09pm Tue 23 Oct 12

downfader says...

wizard wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
Sounds like it was done with intention to seriously injure or kill, I hope the girl makes a full recovery and that the driver is found and prosecuted for causing injury through dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene, the failing to stop is what rings the "intentional" alarm bells with me.
Please everyone dont assume all cyclists have the "ginger" attitude" he is giving all cyclists a bad name!

just for you info fella, my son fell off his bike at less than 10mph and broke both wrists, collar bone and cuts and bruises so i guess you were just lucky you utter ti*

hope the girl makes a speedy and full recovery
Your kid fell off, but breakages like that - CERTAINLY at that speed - are exceedingly rare. There's a wealth of data on this (both from the UK stats19 souces and from Europe)

Most breakages and head injuries are the result of a high speed impact.
[quote][p][bold]wizard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: Sounds like it was done with intention to seriously injure or kill, I hope the girl makes a full recovery and that the driver is found and prosecuted for causing injury through dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene, the failing to stop is what rings the "intentional" alarm bells with me.[/p][/quote]Please everyone dont assume all cyclists have the "ginger" attitude" he is giving all cyclists a bad name! just for you info fella, my son fell off his bike at less than 10mph and broke both wrists, collar bone and cuts and bruises so i guess you were just lucky you utter ti* hope the girl makes a speedy and full recovery[/p][/quote]Your kid fell off, but breakages like that - CERTAINLY at that speed - are exceedingly rare. There's a wealth of data on this (both from the UK stats19 souces and from Europe) Most breakages and head injuries are the result of a high speed impact. downfader

7:47am Wed 24 Oct 12

hulla baloo says...

Ginger_cyclist wrote:
Sounds like it was done with intention to seriously injure or kill, I hope the girl makes a full recovery and that the driver is found and prosecuted for causing injury through dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene, the failing to stop is what rings the "intentional" alarm bells with me.
And you base your assumption on..........?
[quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: Sounds like it was done with intention to seriously injure or kill, I hope the girl makes a full recovery and that the driver is found and prosecuted for causing injury through dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene, the failing to stop is what rings the "intentional" alarm bells with me.[/p][/quote]And you base your assumption on..........? hulla baloo

10:15am Wed 24 Oct 12

Niel says...

Ginger_cyclist wrote:
ohec wrote:
Oh dear Ginger_cyclist is on his soap box again how on earth he has jumped to those conclusions God knows, but of course in his distorted little mind a silver car was seen so he has to be guilty. The Police could save a fortune if they consulted him on every incident that takes place.
I wish the girl a full and speedy recovery.
Considering the injuries she suffered, I doubt she just fell off, especially as she only just crested a hill which meant she probably wasn't doing more than 20mph to 25mph and you would not get those injuries if you only fell off, I saw someone earlier crash at about 25mph earlier after overshooting a jump, he didn't break any bones, I've crashed my bike at 30mph+, I was injured yeah but no broken bones, so yeah, the car hit her.
Sorry, but it doesn't always happen that way, a friend of mine who is (was) a tri-athalete (and a serving Police officer) had the front caliper bolt break at less than that speed, his helmet saved a lot of skull damage, but he broke an arm and a leg. The damage to his cervical spine may mean he'll never be allowed to compete again, he also had bleeding on the brain needing a burr hole and evacuation... 6 weeks in hospital, still signed off 6 months later.
[quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ohec[/bold] wrote: Oh dear Ginger_cyclist is on his soap box again how on earth he has jumped to those conclusions God knows, but of course in his distorted little mind a silver car was seen so he has to be guilty. The Police could save a fortune if they consulted him on every incident that takes place. I wish the girl a full and speedy recovery.[/p][/quote]Considering the injuries she suffered, I doubt she just fell off, especially as she only just crested a hill which meant she probably wasn't doing more than 20mph to 25mph and you would not get those injuries if you only fell off, I saw someone earlier crash at about 25mph earlier after overshooting a jump, he didn't break any bones, I've crashed my bike at 30mph+, I was injured yeah but no broken bones, so yeah, the car hit her.[/p][/quote]Sorry, but it doesn't always happen that way, a friend of mine who is (was) a tri-athalete (and a serving Police officer) had the front caliper bolt break at less than that speed, his helmet saved a lot of skull damage, but he broke an arm and a leg. The damage to his cervical spine may mean he'll never be allowed to compete again, he also had bleeding on the brain needing a burr hole and evacuation... 6 weeks in hospital, still signed off 6 months later. Niel

12:33pm Wed 24 Oct 12

Inform Al says...

Usual ewo wheeled nutters spouting out againsy a driver who for all we know was well past the girl before she came off. The fact that her injuries are rare at low speed is irrelevant, people have broken their spines stepping of the kerb. It's not possible to comment further on this until we actually know the facts. Hope the young lady fully recovers soon.
Usual ewo wheeled nutters spouting out againsy a driver who for all we know was well past the girl before she came off. The fact that her injuries are rare at low speed is irrelevant, people have broken their spines stepping of the kerb. It's not possible to comment further on this until we actually know the facts. Hope the young lady fully recovers soon. Inform Al

12:45pm Wed 24 Oct 12

Ginger_cyclist says...

Niel wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
ohec wrote:
Oh dear Ginger_cyclist is on his soap box again how on earth he has jumped to those conclusions God knows, but of course in his distorted little mind a silver car was seen so he has to be guilty. The Police could save a fortune if they consulted him on every incident that takes place.
I wish the girl a full and speedy recovery.
Considering the injuries she suffered, I doubt she just fell off, especially as she only just crested a hill which meant she probably wasn't doing more than 20mph to 25mph and you would not get those injuries if you only fell off, I saw someone earlier crash at about 25mph earlier after overshooting a jump, he didn't break any bones, I've crashed my bike at 30mph+, I was injured yeah but no broken bones, so yeah, the car hit her.
Sorry, but it doesn't always happen that way, a friend of mine who is (was) a tri-athalete (and a serving Police officer) had the front caliper bolt break at less than that speed, his helmet saved a lot of skull damage, but he broke an arm and a leg. The damage to his cervical spine may mean he'll never be allowed to compete again, he also had bleeding on the brain needing a burr hole and evacuation... 6 weeks in hospital, still signed off 6 months later.
Which is as downfader said, rare to happen at low speeds, yes there are one or two unfortunate people who do get hurt badly when they come off at low speed but most of the time you'd mostly get a bit of road rash at low speed, though I do wonder if I should buy some cycling body armor just in case I lose traction and fly off church hill road into a tree at 40mph+ or I get hit by a car at those speeds, I mean I could quite easily hit 50 down that hill.
[quote][p][bold]Niel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ohec[/bold] wrote: Oh dear Ginger_cyclist is on his soap box again how on earth he has jumped to those conclusions God knows, but of course in his distorted little mind a silver car was seen so he has to be guilty. The Police could save a fortune if they consulted him on every incident that takes place. I wish the girl a full and speedy recovery.[/p][/quote]Considering the injuries she suffered, I doubt she just fell off, especially as she only just crested a hill which meant she probably wasn't doing more than 20mph to 25mph and you would not get those injuries if you only fell off, I saw someone earlier crash at about 25mph earlier after overshooting a jump, he didn't break any bones, I've crashed my bike at 30mph+, I was injured yeah but no broken bones, so yeah, the car hit her.[/p][/quote]Sorry, but it doesn't always happen that way, a friend of mine who is (was) a tri-athalete (and a serving Police officer) had the front caliper bolt break at less than that speed, his helmet saved a lot of skull damage, but he broke an arm and a leg. The damage to his cervical spine may mean he'll never be allowed to compete again, he also had bleeding on the brain needing a burr hole and evacuation... 6 weeks in hospital, still signed off 6 months later.[/p][/quote]Which is as downfader said, rare to happen at low speeds, yes there are one or two unfortunate people who do get hurt badly when they come off at low speed but most of the time you'd mostly get a bit of road rash at low speed, though I do wonder if I should buy some cycling body armor just in case I lose traction and fly off church hill road into a tree at 40mph+ or I get hit by a car at those speeds, I mean I could quite easily hit 50 down that hill. Ginger_cyclist

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