This one is off the chart. The story is datelined May 8th, so it is a few weeks old now already. But I hadn’t posted anything on the site about it. ‘Bout time I did.
About 50 cyclists – including Australian racer Kate Nichols, who was injured in a 2005 German road racing crash in which a teammate was killed – have been involved in a hit-and-run crash in Sydney this morning.
The resulting smash forced a semitrailer to lock up, jackknife and screech to a halt behind the cyclists while cars had to swerve to avoid them.
Also involved in the crash, at 6.35am on Southern Cross Drive, south of the corner of Dacey Avenue in Mascot, were former Olympians Ben Kersten, Kate’s father Kevin Nichols, Graeme Brown, Michelle Ferris and Matthew White.
Witnesses to the crash have told smh.com.au the group of up to 60 professional cyclists were riding south on Southern Cross Drive, just south of Dacey Avenue, Mascot about 6.30am when a driver, agitated with being held up, accelerated in front of the pack and then slammed on his brakes, giving the riders no time to stop.
“Everyone’s slammed into each other … there were broken bikes – wheels busted and wheels snapped – and people lying on the road.”
…”This whole incident really exemplified the escalating road rage towards cyclists happening on Sydney’s roads.
“Road rage seems to occur with or without provocation, and regardless of whether cyclists are riding in a law abiding way, or slowing down traffic.
And if that wasn’t bad enough in and of itself, and I’m quoting here, some of the passing “motorists jeered.”
“A perfect example of the enmity were the jeers and taunts of several drivers – more than three separate drivers that I noticed – making their way past the aftermath of the accident, despite the fact that a police car and two ambulances were on the scene treating seriously injured people.
…It is understood they know who the driver of the car is, and are attempting to contact him now.
It is expected he will be charged, including with failing to stop at the scene of an accident and negligent or dangerous driving.
Class act, right there. Class act.
Read the rest here: smh.com.auby