Super Car Runs Bicycle Rider Down from Behind - Akuna Bay - May 2018

Hi All

I just wanted to alert people to a serious incident that occurred last week. I have not seen it covered outside road riding social media and the standard Police release that I had to go looking for.

A man riding a bicycle was run down from behind mid week and mid morning on the Akuna Bay loop. The motorist was a motorsport journalist test driving a McLaren supercar. 0 to 100kms in less than 4 seconds.

The rider sustained two broken knees, broken ribs and head/facial injuries. He is still in a very serious condition in ICU at RNSH.

NSW Police say they are investigating.

I've mentioned the incident to a few people and they had not heard of it so passing it along in case anyone rides that route or think that because it is a known loop for bicycle riders they can feel some degree of safety.

Spare a thought for the rider, James, and his family who had their lives turned upside down compliments of a vehicle that should not be allowed anywhere near a public road.

Also make sure you have a working bell fitted to your bicycle, ding ding, that is the sound of vision zero and road safety in NSW.

Please if anyone sees any more information on this, especially progress by Police do post it up.

JM

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There is no justice for a crime such as this. It's not as though she stole something he owned and then had to give it back as punishment. She can't give him back what he's lost.

My friend James is in constant pain every day. He has very limited use of his right arm due to severed nerves where his arm was separated. He will never work as a dentist again. He will most likely never ride a bike again, although he gets on a trainer for very short periods.

How is this punishment too harsh? Perhaps if she had her mobility removed for the rest of her life she would understand how he feels. She should think herself lucky that she gets only 7 months in a hotel room as punishment.

I wonder if there's an opportunity for victim impact statements or such thing.

Perhaps if she was confronted with the devastation that she has caused to James, it might help her to understand the impact of her behaviour. It might also help James if she had the opportunity to show genuine regret/remorse etc.

On another forum someone has stated that the motorist was on the wrong side of the road and hit the cyclist head on.  Can anyone confirm/deny this statement?  I haven't seen it anywhere in the press

Hi Mikesbytes - I understand the motorist had a Go Pro on. There is video of the motorist hitting James head on, wrong side of the road and you can see the cranks from his bicycle coming in thorugh the front windscreen...

Given the injuries inflicted for absolutely no reason - I mean unless the car had a mechanical problem - then you would think 10 years non parole period would be more sufficient.

JM

OMG.

Yeh make that 2 OMG's

Yep, that's what I was told. James was going uphill and the car came around a blind corner towards him on the wrong side of the road. He had nowhere to go.

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