Thursday, February 28, 2013

Cyclist Death Fatality Torquay Vic. Cyclist run over and killed after collapsing due to medical condition Herald Sun 2010

Cyclist run over and killed after collapsing in Torquay

Great Ocean Road bicycle fatality
Emergency crew at the scene of a bike accident on the Great Ocean Road. Picture: Reg Ryan Source: Herald Sun
UPDATE 7.10am: A CYCLIST has died after collapsing off his bike and onto a road before being struck by a car on the surf coast.
The 50-year-old Torquay man was cycling south on Horseshoe Bend Rd in Torquay before he apparently collapsed as a result of a medical condition and was then struck by a car travelling north shortly after 6pm, police said.
The site is a notorious bend near the Great Ocean Road.
Surf Coast Sergeant Jason Van Doren told the Geelong Advertiser that police were investigating whether a medical condition caused the man's fall.
"A car has definitely hit him ... he has fallen off his bike and ended up in the road's north-bound lane," Sgt Van Doren said.
"The driver has swerved to try and avoid him while he's lying on the road, but being so dark, she's been unable to avoid him in time."
Police said the driver pulled over to assist him, but while paramedics performed CPR at the scene they were unable to revive him, a Rural Ambulance Victoria spokesman said.
The incident occured on a rain-soaked 60km/h stretch of road between South Beach Rd and Pacific Drive.
The female motorist who struck the man stopped and assisted police with their inquiries. Charges were unlikely to be laid, Sgt Van Doren said.
Police blocked traffic along Horseshoe Bend Rd for several hours last night.
Detectives from the Major Collision Investigation Unit attended the scene. SES crews also attended.
The deceased man was both a husband and father.
Police initially believed the incident was a hit and run.
The death brings this year's road toll to 194, compared to 174 last year.
Police have called for witnesses, particularly anyone who may have seen the man cycling before he fell, to contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppers.
with Lucie van den Berg
  • CompusekPosted at 10:33 PM August 02, 2010
    Bikepaths are a costly necessity - but raise a reasonbable proportion of the money from the people who want it - namely the cyclists. User pays - that appears to be the name of the game in Australia
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  • Tigger Of Barwon HeadsPosted at 11:29 PM August 02, 2010
    Too many cyclists put themselves and motorists at risk by riding along these winding country roads. This includes Cadel Evans and his lycra brigade who seem to have no regard for motorists, insisting to ride 2, 3 and even 4 abreast along Barwon Heads Rd, Breamlea Rd, Blackgate Rd and Horseshoe Bend Rd. Go find a cycle track to ride on, and stop causing misery to the poor drivers who end up hitting you through your own stupidity. No, I am not anti cycling, and yes I have had friends die as a result of cycling on these roads. Just don't ride on roads that aren't made for cycling on.
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  • Pete Dowe Of MentonePosted at 6:02 AM August 03, 2010
    This seems to be a tragic bike fall in front of traffic.
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  • MorrisPosted at 7:26 AM August 03, 2010
    I am sorry for this man and his family. Terrible set of circumstances - but look at the road and it's been raining. Very precarious place to be on a bicycle.
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