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15 yr old cyclist down on Yamba Drive

By johnboy - 11 January 2012 87

ACT Policing is appealing for witnesses to a collision involving a car and a 15-year-old cyclist in Phillip earlier today (Wednesday, January 11).

The collision occurred about 12.50 pm on the corner of Launceston Street and Yamba Drive.

The 15-year-old rider was taken by ACT Ambulance Service to The Canberra Hospital in a serious condition. His injuries are unknown at this stage.

ACT Policing’s Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team is investigating the collision.

The left hand lane on Yamba Drive, between Launceston Street and Wisdom Street, is closed and will be for some time as police conduct their investigation.

Anyone who may be able to assist with the investigation is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers website on www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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15 yr old cyclist down on Yamba Drive
dungfungus 9:10 am 12 Jan 12

Road_Monkey said :

BicycleCanberra, I would wait and see what the police investigation indicates what was the cause. Not saying it was this cyclists fault, but I have seen a lot of cyclists in Canberra ignore the road rules. A few seem to think they can do what they like because it is against the law to drive into a cyclist, just like pedestrians. But it happens because a bad judgement is made. Lets wish this lad a speedy recovery with no long lasting injuries.

This accident is probably the result of ACT Police continually refusing to fine cyclists for riding across pedestrian crossings in front of vehicular traffic. An impressionable, immature 15 year old has seen all other cyclists do it so he believes it is OK. Some Pedal Power members who constantly break the law in this way should also take a long hard look at their themselves.
I also wonder why a 15 yo is allowed to mix it with registered vehicles on a road. Perhaps the minimum age for a cyclist should be the same as that for a motor cyclist or motorist and they should be licsensed accordingly with some sort of insurance. If this lad was in the wrong he has no recourse to claim damages for personal injury. I am also thinking of the trauma that the driver of the car will be experiencing. I hope the lad survives.

Road_Monkey 6:44 am 12 Jan 12

BicycleCanberra, I would wait and see what the police investigation indicates what was the cause. Not saying it was this cyclists fault, but I have seen a lot of cyclists in Canberra ignore the road rules. A few seem to think they can do what they like because it is against the law to drive into a cyclist, just like pedestrians. But it happens because a bad judgement is made. Lets wish this lad a speedy recovery with no long lasting injuries.

BicycleCanberra 10:05 pm 11 Jan 12

Looks like someone has misjudge a light here, the cycle light which has a short phase, I hope traffic signals adjusts them properly with a longer phase for both pedestrians and cyclists.

s-s-a 8:45 pm 11 Jan 12

I passed by the car mid afternoon, and was hoping the state of the windscreen didn’t mean that a cyclist or pedestrian had been hit.

I hope the cyclist makes a full recovery.

Erg0 5:13 pm 11 Jan 12

imarty said :

I can’t see anywhere in the release that indicates the driver left the scene. In fact the car was still there when I drove past about 1.40 with a smashed windscreen.

Hope you were on your way to get your windscreen fixed.

Holden Caulfield 5:08 pm 11 Jan 12

Haha, I’ve been put in my place at least five times now.

My mistake.

Let’s hope the kid makes a full recovery in any case.

Jivrashia 4:36 pm 11 Jan 12

If the driver had stopped and offered assistance and/or called the ambulance it would have been put down as negligent driving with a small fine and demerit points.

Now it’s a full blown goddam crime.

Sure hope the driver is proud.

buzz819 4:35 pm 11 Jan 12

Holden Caulfield said :

Wow, knocking down a kid and then pissing off.

Happy new year to you too jerkoff!

Umm… Where in the press release does it say that the driver left the scene?

BicycleCanberra 4:31 pm 11 Jan 12

Holden Caulfield said :

Wow, knocking down a kid and then pissing off.

Happy new year to you too jerkoff!

Absolutely, and Win News will focus on whether he was wearing a helmet or not.

Grrrr 4:20 pm 11 Jan 12

Pissing off? I don’t see anything about it being a hit and run there. Only a call for witnesses – presumably to validate the statement from the driver, rather than identify him/her.

Jungle Jim 4:07 pm 11 Jan 12

Holden Caulfield said :

Wow, knocking down a kid and then pissing off.

Happy new year to you too jerkoff!

I’m pretty sure it doesn’t say anywhere in the report that the motorist fled the scene. I think they just want to corroborate or poke holes in his or her story.

Hope the kid is okay.

imarty 4:02 pm 11 Jan 12

I can’t see anywhere in the release that indicates the driver left the scene. In fact the car was still there when I drove past about 1.40 with a smashed windscreen.

mirage3 3:55 pm 11 Jan 12

Where does it say that this was a hit and run?

Buckaroo_Banzai 3:47 pm 11 Jan 12

My understanding from reading previous comments on here is that it’s OK as long as the kid was wearing lycra

Holden Caulfield 3:26 pm 11 Jan 12

Wow, knocking down a kid and then pissing off.

Happy new year to you too jerkoff!

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