Letter - No-one stopped after I crashed

ON Saturday morning two weeks ago, I was cycling through Stanley along Aberford Road towards the M62 roundabout.

There is a slow incline that’s continuous heading towards Stanley Church and I had my head down.

I was unaware of anything in the road but I looked up and was right up upon a road sign advising of road works in 400 yards, which I had no way of avoiding.

The sign was taking up half of the lane and was heavily weighed down with sand bags and is almost at the brow of a hill.

To cut a long story short I hit the sign hard like it was a brick wall and fell into the road.

After a few seconds, I looked up and saw a car had stopped behind me.

The man looked at me and, not knowing whether I was seriously injured or not, drove an arc around me and continued his journey.

He was followed by another three or four cars.

At this point, absolutely devastated that nobody had stopped, I realised I needed to get out of the middle of the road considering the danger I might be in.

I managed to pull myself up and drag the bike onto the pavement and just cried with shock and upset that no-one had stopped at all.

I looked around at the road again and a man was getting out of his car and walking towards me.

He was genuinely concerned and really cared about what had happened and the fact that people had just driven past me.

He offered to drive me home if I needed but all I could do was thank him and tell him I would be fine, but I wasn’t really.

He felt that where the signs were placed was a great danger not only to cyclists but motorbikes and cars because you have to cross over the central line to pass the signs and they are a long way off what they are warning about.

I didn’t get his name but I hope that he sees this and understands how I felt about him stopping. I was so grateful that he stopped and just checked I was OK and didn’t need anything else.

While still on the road, nobody driving past knew whether I had been seriously hurt, they just ignored me.

This letter is really to say more than a massive thank you to the gentleman who cared and put up with my shock and tears, but also to say that please do not drive past someone who has just had an accident, even if you just call for help, it’s not worth ignoring.

The devastation of being laid hurt in the road and seeing people drive past took a lot of getting over and I still get upset talking about it to people now.

I’m still really emotional about it and very badly bruised.

Katherine Slingsby

Finkin Croft