Tributes to popular cyclist killed in New Forest accident

Daily Echo: Police at the scene of the accident on Sunday. Police at the scene of the accident on Sunday.

A POPULAR Hampshire cyclist has died following a collision with a car in the New Forest.

Southampton University student James Atherton was seriously injured on Sunday – just 24 hours after taking part in a race – and died in hospital yesterday.

Mr Atherton, 25, of Burgess Road, Southampton, was a well-known member of the Portsmouth-based VC St Raphael cycling club.

Last night club spokesman Mick Waite said: “James was making good progress at the club and everyone spoke very highly of him.

“He raced at Ludgershall in Wiltshire on Saturday in awful conditions and then went for a ride on Sunday.”

‘Experienced’ Mr Atherton was studying for a PhD in medicine at Southampton University, where he was a member of the cycling club.

The former Southampton Triathlon Club (STC) member was cycling with a  group of friends towards Pennington, near Lymington, when the accident happened in Pitmore Lane, Sway.

Last night a message posted on the STC website said: “Some very sad news has come in regarding James Atherton, who was a club member for a short period of time for 2010-2011.

“He was involved in a collision with a car and, in spite of being airlifted to hospital, has died of his injuries.

“James was only 25 and was a strong and experienced cyclist. A really terrible thing to have happened and STC offers its condolences to his family.”

The car involved in the accident was a grey Volkswagen Golf that was travelling towards Brockenhurst when the collision happened just before 11am.

Police say the vehicle was being driven by a 57-year-old man from Evesham, Worcestershire, who was unhurt.

Pitmore Lane was closed for several hours while police investigated the cause of the crash and arranged for the car and the bicycle to be recovered.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact the Totton Roads Policing Unit on 101, quoting Operation Baroque.

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8:20am Tue 15 Jan 13

Ozmosis says...

Sad news. RIP
Sad news. RIP Ozmosis

8:40am Tue 15 Jan 13

Forest Resident says...

Such awful news, RIP and ride free James, condolences to family and friends
Such awful news, RIP and ride free James, condolences to family and friends Forest Resident

9:54am Tue 15 Jan 13

bigfella777 says...

I cannot understand how this can happen if they are cycling as a group, they would be clearly visible. Very sad.
I cannot understand how this can happen if they are cycling as a group, they would be clearly visible. Very sad. bigfella777

10:25am Tue 15 Jan 13

sparkster says...

RIP James, my thoughts are with your family
RIP James, my thoughts are with your family sparkster

11:40am Tue 15 Jan 13

Ginger_cyclist says...

R.I.P James, yet another tragedy for cycling, there are many maniacs on the roads and something should be done about it.
R.I.P James, yet another tragedy for cycling, there are many maniacs on the roads and something should be done about it. Ginger_cyclist

1:17pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Brusher Mills says...

Very sad news but we do not know the facts, the echo hasn't published any so why are people condemning the moterist? Has he been proven guilty yet of anything?
Very sad news but we do not know the facts, the echo hasn't published any so why are people condemning the moterist? Has he been proven guilty yet of anything? Brusher Mills

2:53pm Tue 15 Jan 13

swimrunbike says...

A sensible, intelligent, amazing guy. Everyones friend. Will be sadly missed. Please respect his family and many friends... this is not a matter to start blaming either driver nor cyclist but to appreciate a wasted life of a young man with his whole life ahead of him. Think how you would feel if this was your son, brother, husband, friend.
A sensible, intelligent, amazing guy. Everyones friend. Will be sadly missed. Please respect his family and many friends... this is not a matter to start blaming either driver nor cyclist but to appreciate a wasted life of a young man with his whole life ahead of him. Think how you would feel if this was your son, brother, husband, friend. swimrunbike

3:07pm Tue 15 Jan 13

callcopse says...

Condolences to the family, RIP James.

Offensive and gratuitous speculation above aside, it is a fact that 3 out of 4 cycle accidents involving cars are the fault of the car driver. Close to 100% of such involve no harm to the car driver. James being experienced increases the likelihood that the driver was at fault. Most road cycling certainly does not involve racing - it's not something club cyclists would be playing at. Aside from that we just don't know what happened in this case yet.
Condolences to the family, RIP James. Offensive and gratuitous speculation above aside, it is a fact that 3 out of 4 cycle accidents involving cars are the fault of the car driver. Close to 100% of such involve no harm to the car driver. James being experienced increases the likelihood that the driver was at fault. Most road cycling certainly does not involve racing - it's not something club cyclists would be playing at. Aside from that we just don't know what happened in this case yet. callcopse

3:57pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Marchwoodlocal says...

Rip James, enjoyed riding with you. For those who love to speculate, have some respect. On this occasion there is no blame attributed to the driver. It was just an accident.
Rip James, enjoyed riding with you. For those who love to speculate, have some respect. On this occasion there is no blame attributed to the driver. It was just an accident. Marchwoodlocal

4:16pm Tue 15 Jan 13

mickey01 says...

Marchwoodlocal wrote:
Rip James, enjoyed riding with you. For those who love to speculate, have some respect. On this occasion there is no blame attributed to the driver. It was just an accident.
well said , who knows how low the sun was shining , nobody goes out to hit another user and those roads are narrow unfortunatley accidents do and will happen although that will not be a comfort to those who lnew him
[quote][p][bold]Marchwoodlocal[/bold] wrote: Rip James, enjoyed riding with you. For those who love to speculate, have some respect. On this occasion there is no blame attributed to the driver. It was just an accident.[/p][/quote]well said , who knows how low the sun was shining , nobody goes out to hit another user and those roads are narrow unfortunatley accidents do and will happen although that will not be a comfort to those who lnew him mickey01

4:51pm Tue 15 Jan 13

downfader says...

RIP and condolences to the man's family and friends. Sounds like he would have had a bright future.
RIP and condolences to the man's family and friends. Sounds like he would have had a bright future. downfader

5:14pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Hdg end mo says...

Rip condolences to all family & friends
Very sad news
Rip condolences to all family & friends Very sad news Hdg end mo

6:38pm Tue 15 Jan 13

biggus2 says...

Ginercyclist mate sorry you got it wrong this time. This was an accident and no blame can be put on the driver at all. There by the grace of God go all of us. . Marchwood local is right. You will find out in time. Lets give James and his family some peace so no more silly remarks please.
Ginercyclist mate sorry you got it wrong this time. This was an accident and no blame can be put on the driver at all. There by the grace of God go all of us. . Marchwood local is right. You will find out in time. Lets give James and his family some peace so no more silly remarks please. biggus2

6:44pm Tue 15 Jan 13

downfader says...

biggus2 wrote:
Ginercyclist mate sorry you got it wrong this time. This was an accident and no blame can be put on the driver at all. There by the grace of God go all of us. . Marchwood local is right. You will find out in time. Lets give James and his family some peace so no more silly remarks please.
I dont want to get drawn into a debate on this but will say IF there is something to be learned from this I hope it is made public so that we can all learn from it - driver or cyclist.
[quote][p][bold]biggus2[/bold] wrote: Ginercyclist mate sorry you got it wrong this time. This was an accident and no blame can be put on the driver at all. There by the grace of God go all of us. . Marchwood local is right. You will find out in time. Lets give James and his family some peace so no more silly remarks please.[/p][/quote]I dont want to get drawn into a debate on this but will say IF there is something to be learned from this I hope it is made public so that we can all learn from it - driver or cyclist. downfader

9:04pm Tue 15 Jan 13

derek james says...

bigfella777 wrote:
I cannot understand how this can happen if they are cycling as a group, they would be clearly visible. Very sad.
in the narrow roads of the new forest a large group of cyclists can be more vulnerable than a single cyclist, an impatient motorist overtaking has to pull in to avoid an oncoming car, not saying this happened here but i have seen it, i speak as a motorist and cyclist
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: I cannot understand how this can happen if they are cycling as a group, they would be clearly visible. Very sad.[/p][/quote]in the narrow roads of the new forest a large group of cyclists can be more vulnerable than a single cyclist, an impatient motorist overtaking has to pull in to avoid an oncoming car, not saying this happened here but i have seen it, i speak as a motorist and cyclist derek james

9:32pm Tue 15 Jan 13

downfader says...

derek james wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
I cannot understand how this can happen if they are cycling as a group, they would be clearly visible. Very sad.
in the narrow roads of the new forest a large group of cyclists can be more vulnerable than a single cyclist, an impatient motorist overtaking has to pull in to avoid an oncoming car, not saying this happened here but i have seen it, i speak as a motorist and cyclist
We shouldnt be speculating.. come on people..
[quote][p][bold]derek james[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: I cannot understand how this can happen if they are cycling as a group, they would be clearly visible. Very sad.[/p][/quote]in the narrow roads of the new forest a large group of cyclists can be more vulnerable than a single cyclist, an impatient motorist overtaking has to pull in to avoid an oncoming car, not saying this happened here but i have seen it, i speak as a motorist and cyclist[/p][/quote]We shouldnt be speculating.. come on people.. downfader

9:41pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Ginger_cyclist says...

Torchie1 wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
R.I.P James, yet another tragedy for cycling, there are many maniacs on the roads and something should be done about it.
Perhaps they should be trained, tested and licensed, like vehicle drivers are.
Who?
[quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: R.I.P James, yet another tragedy for cycling, there are many maniacs on the roads and something should be done about it.[/p][/quote]Perhaps they should be trained, tested and licensed, like vehicle drivers are.[/p][/quote]Who? Ginger_cyclist

9:43pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Ginger_cyclist says...

biggus2 wrote:
Ginercyclist mate sorry you got it wrong this time. This was an accident and no blame can be put on the driver at all. There by the grace of God go all of us. . Marchwood local is right. You will find out in time. Lets give James and his family some peace so no more silly remarks please.
I said nothing about blaming the driver, I just mentioned the many maniacs on the road, that includes ALL road users who break the law or cross without looking, as people have said, we don't know details yet so I'm not blaming anyone.
[quote][p][bold]biggus2[/bold] wrote: Ginercyclist mate sorry you got it wrong this time. This was an accident and no blame can be put on the driver at all. There by the grace of God go all of us. . Marchwood local is right. You will find out in time. Lets give James and his family some peace so no more silly remarks please.[/p][/quote]I said nothing about blaming the driver, I just mentioned the many maniacs on the road, that includes ALL road users who break the law or cross without looking, as people have said, we don't know details yet so I'm not blaming anyone. Ginger_cyclist

9:54pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Ginger_cyclist says...

Ginger_cyclist wrote:
Torchie1 wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
R.I.P James, yet another tragedy for cycling, there are many maniacs on the roads and something should be done about it.
Perhaps they should be trained, tested and licensed, like vehicle drivers are.
Who?
Better yet why even bring it up Torchie? You idiotic moron.
[quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: R.I.P James, yet another tragedy for cycling, there are many maniacs on the roads and something should be done about it.[/p][/quote]Perhaps they should be trained, tested and licensed, like vehicle drivers are.[/p][/quote]Who?[/p][/quote]Better yet why even bring it up Torchie? You idiotic moron. Ginger_cyclist

8:57am Wed 16 Jan 13

elvisimo says...

a 25 year old hjas died yet still the same moronic comments.
We know that motorists need to me more aware of cyclists and cyclists should also recieve some form of training but rolling out the same ill informed rubbish is tasteless.
a 25 year old hjas died yet still the same moronic comments. We know that motorists need to me more aware of cyclists and cyclists should also recieve some form of training but rolling out the same ill informed rubbish is tasteless. elvisimo

2:16pm Wed 16 Jan 13

bit.ly/VZQ05P says...

Torchie1 wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
R.I.P James, yet another tragedy for cycling, there are many maniacs on the roads and something should be done about it.
Perhaps they should be trained, tested and licensed, like vehicle drivers are.
I guess it hasn't occurred to you that the majority of adult cyclists also have licenses and drive cars at other times. Furthermore as members of a British Cycling-registered cycling club they have also have 3rd party insurance. This "them & us" way of thinking is part of the problem on the UK's roads, it a divisive and negative mindset that is one of the bad aspects of UK culture.
[quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: R.I.P James, yet another tragedy for cycling, there are many maniacs on the roads and something should be done about it.[/p][/quote]Perhaps they should be trained, tested and licensed, like vehicle drivers are.[/p][/quote]I guess it hasn't occurred to you that the majority of adult cyclists also have licenses and drive cars at other times. Furthermore as members of a British Cycling-registered cycling club they have also have 3rd party insurance. This "them & us" way of thinking is part of the problem on the UK's roads, it a divisive and negative mindset that is one of the bad aspects of UK culture. bit.ly/VZQ05P

11:03pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Ginger_cyclist says...

bit.ly/VZQ05P wrote:
Torchie1 wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
R.I.P James, yet another tragedy for cycling, there are many maniacs on the roads and something should be done about it.
Perhaps they should be trained, tested and licensed, like vehicle drivers are.
I guess it hasn't occurred to you that the majority of adult cyclists also have licenses and drive cars at other times. Furthermore as members of a British Cycling-registered cycling club they have also have 3rd party insurance. This "them & us" way of thinking is part of the problem on the UK's roads, it a divisive and negative mindset that is one of the bad aspects of UK culture.
Couldn't have said it better than myself.
[quote][p][bold]bit.ly/VZQ05P[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: R.I.P James, yet another tragedy for cycling, there are many maniacs on the roads and something should be done about it.[/p][/quote]Perhaps they should be trained, tested and licensed, like vehicle drivers are.[/p][/quote]I guess it hasn't occurred to you that the majority of adult cyclists also have licenses and drive cars at other times. Furthermore as members of a British Cycling-registered cycling club they have also have 3rd party insurance. This "them & us" way of thinking is part of the problem on the UK's roads, it a divisive and negative mindset that is one of the bad aspects of UK culture.[/p][/quote]Couldn't have said it better than myself. Ginger_cyclist

12:37am Fri 18 Jan 13

Ginger_cyclist says...

Ginger_cyclist wrote:
bit.ly/VZQ05P wrote:
Torchie1 wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
R.I.P James, yet another tragedy for cycling, there are many maniacs on the roads and something should be done about it.
Perhaps they should be trained, tested and licensed, like vehicle drivers are.
I guess it hasn't occurred to you that the majority of adult cyclists also have licenses and drive cars at other times. Furthermore as members of a British Cycling-registered cycling club they have also have 3rd party insurance. This "them & us" way of thinking is part of the problem on the UK's roads, it a divisive and negative mindset that is one of the bad aspects of UK culture.
Couldn't have said it better than myself.
I meant "better than that", should have spotted the missing word sooner.
[quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bit.ly/VZQ05P[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: R.I.P James, yet another tragedy for cycling, there are many maniacs on the roads and something should be done about it.[/p][/quote]Perhaps they should be trained, tested and licensed, like vehicle drivers are.[/p][/quote]I guess it hasn't occurred to you that the majority of adult cyclists also have licenses and drive cars at other times. Furthermore as members of a British Cycling-registered cycling club they have also have 3rd party insurance. This "them & us" way of thinking is part of the problem on the UK's roads, it a divisive and negative mindset that is one of the bad aspects of UK culture.[/p][/quote]Couldn't have said it better than myself.[/p][/quote]I meant "better than that", should have spotted the missing word sooner. Ginger_cyclist

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