Cyclist fights for life

A GOOD Samaritan today described how he and his wife dashed to comfort a cyclist fighting for his life after a collision with a car.The crash propelled the victim on to the car's roof.

A GOOD Samaritan today described how he and his wife dashed to comfort a cyclist fighting for his life after a collision with a car.

The crash propelled the victim on to the car's roof. He was carried on top of the vehicle for 100 feet until the Mazda was able to stop.

The 20-year-old victim, who is from the Woodbridge area, was taken to Ipswich Hospital after being involved in an accident in Felixstowe Road, Martlesham.

Today a police spokesman said the victim was "critical but stable."

The incident unfolded just yards away from the Crown Point fish and chip shop.

Owner Colin Garrod called the emergency services before going to help the injured man.

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He said: "We had somebody come in to our shop and ask us to call for an ambulance. I went outside and I saw the man lying on top of the car roof. My wife went and got a couple of duvets for him and there was bloke on scene giving him first aid. It looked quite bad.

"The man turned him on his side because the cyclist was distressed.

"The car hit the bike at the junction and carried him along on the roof. The car had a big dent in the roof and all the windscreen was smashed."

His wife Jo said the "handful" of people at the scene following the accident were asked to leave while the man was moved down from the car roof.

She said: "We couldn't see how they got him down because the emergency services asked us to leave while they moved him, so we went back inside.

"I saw the driver talking to the police but I can't really say how he was or what he was doing. We were all concentrating on the victim and trying to comfort him."

Paramedics attended the scene and called for assistance from the fire service to help stabilise the car and lower the unconscious victim down.

The male driver of the Mazda 323, which is registered to a local man, was breathalysed as a precaution following the accident but this proved negative. The car was travelling in the Kesgrave direction.

Police, who were informed of the accident which happened just before 7pm yesterday by paramedics, closed the road while the fire service and paramedics worked together to treat the man.

He was taken to hospital at around 7.30pm with injuries that were said to be "serious".

Accident investigators closed the road until just after midnight while they surveyed the scene.

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