Cyclist grateful to be alive after crash

Swindon Advertiser: Joseph Wheeler in his hospital bed a few days after he was injured in Faringdon Road after a colision with a lorry Joseph Wheeler in his hospital bed a few days after he was injured in Faringdon Road after a colision with a lorry

CYCLIST Joseph Wheeler has thanked the emergency services and the prayers of Adver readers for saving his life after being seriously injured in a collision with a lorry on Friday.

The 19-year-old lay unconscious in the middle of Faringdon Road for almost an hour until ambulance crews finally got him away to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol.

Joseph, a labourer from Thorne Road, Eldene, has accepted blame for the collision with a six-wheel lorry at the crossroads with Farnsby Street and Emlyn Square.

His mother Mia, 46, has said her son was rushing to Swindon Central Library to retrieve a backpack he had left there earlier in the day after searching for jobs on the internet.

The former Wiltshire College student cannot remember the finer details of where he hit the lorry or how the collision came about, due to the severity of the head injuries he suffered.

Mia said her son was recovering and talking in bed, with a broken vertebra in his neck, a broken collar bone, a punctured lung, a broken rib and what she described as a “smashed skull”.

Mia also said more than three eyewitnesses had seen the driver of the lorry pass through a green light, putting the blame on Joseph.

Joseph, a member of Swindon Evangelical Church, is keen to express his best wishes to all of the emergency services and the people who have prayed for him since the incident.

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The accident in which Joseph Wheeler was injured

His mother said: “He’s doing very well. He’s improving by the day.

“He really wants to send his thanks to all of the people that helped him and all those praying for him at church.

“Because he’s had his head injury he’s a bit vague, but he remembers he was in a rush to get to the library to get his backpack.

“He has been trying to keep fit using his bike.

“He has been looking for a job and had been in the library searching. He left his backpack under the desk in there.

“He wants to tell everyone how well he’s doing after reading the initial news about his accident online. The medical staff reckon there’s a good chance it’s not long term.

“He is still at Frenchay, but they are moving him from the more critical ward onto a lower intensity ward.”

The library has secured Joseph’s bag and it is ready to be collected by the family, with all of his possessions inside.

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9:22am Tue 14 Jan 14

goodgolly says...

Really pleased Joseph is doing well
Really pleased Joseph is doing well goodgolly

4:21pm Tue 14 Jan 14

The Real Librarian says...

I am glad he is alive and well, which is not something to take lightly given the size of the vehicle he hit.

BUT

If the lorry was going through a Green light, he was going through a Red.
Far too many cyclists feel at liberty to do this, along with riding on pavements, going the wrong way up one way streets, riding round roundabouts the wrong way and generally acting like suicidal lunatics.

I have said this before, but I drive around Stratton and Highworth in the early morning and the number of near-misses I have had with cyclists scares me.

Only about one in five have a hard hat, about half have any kind of light and about half have flourescent clothing. I know they are risking their own lives, but they are also risking the mental health of the poor drivers who might hit them.

Sort it out people.
I am glad he is alive and well, which is not something to take lightly given the size of the vehicle he hit. BUT If the lorry was going through a Green light, he was going through a Red. Far too many cyclists feel at liberty to do this, along with riding on pavements, going the wrong way up one way streets, riding round roundabouts the wrong way and generally acting like suicidal lunatics. I have said this before, but I drive around Stratton and Highworth in the early morning and the number of near-misses I have had with cyclists scares me. Only about one in five have a hard hat, about half have any kind of light and about half have flourescent clothing. I know they are risking their own lives, but they are also risking the mental health of the poor drivers who might hit them. Sort it out people. The Real Librarian

5:03pm Tue 14 Jan 14

2wg4wg says...

The Real Librarian wrote:
I am glad he is alive and well, which is not something to take lightly given the size of the vehicle he hit.

BUT

If the lorry was going through a Green light, he was going through a Red.
Far too many cyclists feel at liberty to do this, along with riding on pavements, going the wrong way up one way streets, riding round roundabouts the wrong way and generally acting like suicidal lunatics.

I have said this before, but I drive around Stratton and Highworth in the early morning and the number of near-misses I have had with cyclists scares me.

Only about one in five have a hard hat, about half have any kind of light and about half have flourescent clothing. I know they are risking their own lives, but they are also risking the mental health of the poor drivers who might hit them.

Sort it out people.
Thanks for your scientific approach here, I'm sure your statistics are accurate and valid. Cyclists should obey the rules of the road, but why you feel the need to flag this here, rather than a similar rant about in any of the (much larger) number of car accidents is not clear. I have commuted by bike for the last 25 years, obey the highway code, see badly behaved cyclists, but also many cars going through red lights, on phones, speeding, etc. There are no bad road user groups, just dumb people. Sort yourself out.....
[quote][p][bold]The Real Librarian[/bold] wrote: I am glad he is alive and well, which is not something to take lightly given the size of the vehicle he hit. BUT If the lorry was going through a Green light, he was going through a Red. Far too many cyclists feel at liberty to do this, along with riding on pavements, going the wrong way up one way streets, riding round roundabouts the wrong way and generally acting like suicidal lunatics. I have said this before, but I drive around Stratton and Highworth in the early morning and the number of near-misses I have had with cyclists scares me. Only about one in five have a hard hat, about half have any kind of light and about half have flourescent clothing. I know they are risking their own lives, but they are also risking the mental health of the poor drivers who might hit them. Sort it out people.[/p][/quote]Thanks for your scientific approach here, I'm sure your statistics are accurate and valid. Cyclists should obey the rules of the road, but why you feel the need to flag this here, rather than a similar rant about in any of the (much larger) number of car accidents is not clear. I have commuted by bike for the last 25 years, obey the highway code, see badly behaved cyclists, but also many cars going through red lights, on phones, speeding, etc. There are no bad road user groups, just dumb people. Sort yourself out..... 2wg4wg

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