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Were you on Wiggle Dragon Ride 2013? Seriously injured rider makes witness appeal

Michael Hopkins suffered spinal injuries following crash on descent in event in Wales

A firm of solicitors acting on behalf of a cyclist who sustained serious injuries following a crash during the Wiggle Dragon Ride on 9 June 2013 is appealing for witnesses to the incident to come forward.

Michael Hopkins, aged 56 and from Bridgend, South Wales, was discovered at the side of the road, without a pulse, following the incident.

According to a statement at the time from event organisers Human Race, the crash happened on the descent of the Bwlch at Abergwynfi.

Other cyclists participating in the event, including two believed to be medical professionals and one who is thought to be a firefighter attended to him. The incident occurred on the descent of the Bwlch at Abergwynfi. He was administered with CPR and had his pulse restored.

Mr Hopkins was taken to University of Wales Hospital in Cardiff by air ambulance, where he was intubated and in a coma, and spent several week in intensive care.

Mr Hopkins fractured his C1 and C2 vertebrae in the crash, which also damaged his spinal cord.

Initially, he was paralysed from the neck down, but since then he has made some limited improvements to his limb function. He remains seriously injured, however, and is in a specialist spinal unit.

While his long-prognosis is difficult to predict and may only be assessed once he has had further time to stabilise and rehabilitate, there appears little doubt that the injuries he suffered will leave him with severely limited mobility.

We are aware from comments to an article we posted at the time that several road.cc site users were also taking part in the ride and came upon the scene shortly after Mr Hopkins’ crash.

Anyone with information is requested to contact his lawyers. Their contact details are:

Serious Law LLP
E-mail: info [at] seriouslaw.co.uk (subject: Wiggle%20Dragon%20Ride%202013%20%2F%20Mr%20Michael%20Hopkins)
Tel: 01204 361799
Contact: Neil Gregory or Chris Lecky

Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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