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Scottish police renews appeal for witnesses of crash that hospitalised 75-year-old cyclist

Rider remains in hospital two weeks after collision

Police Scotland has repeated an appeal for information about a collision in which a cyclist was seriously injured in the Scottish Borders.

The 75-year-old man was involved in a collision with a Volvo car on the A72 Peebles to Glentress Road near Eshiels Mill at around 6pm on Monday October 27.

The cyclist was taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and subsequently transferred to Glasgow where he remains in a critical condition.

Police are keen to hear from any road users who witnessed the collision or saw either vehicle but have not yet come forward.

Sergeant Neil Inglis said: "Two weeks on from this incident, we are still trying to establish exactly what happened to result in the collision taking place.

"I would ask that any motorists or cyclists who were on the A72 on Monday evening and saw either of the vehicles involved prior to the collision to contact police immediately.

"In addition, anyone with any further information relevant to our investigation is also asked to get in touch."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.

John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for Along with founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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BrendaP | 9 years ago

My heart breaks to think that this poor family wants a weaker prosecuting option because it is easier to prosecute successfully under a softer law than a harder one. We already have a offence of 'causing serious injury by dangerous driving'.

But while you are currently unlikely to get a conviction on the offence of 'causing serious injury by dangerous driving', they feel correctly that it would be easier to convict drivers who have caused serious injury by creating a lesser offence of 'causing serious injury by careless driving'. And they are right too. When the new offence of 'causing death by careless driving' was introduced as a less serious option to 'causing death by dangerous driving', then the higher order offence convictions for road deaths significantly dropped as prosecutors went for the easier 'careless driving' option and these rose correspondingly. RoadPeace did an analysis of this.

Only when judges and juries start taking bad driving seriously will prosecutors start having the confidence to charge higher order offences - and we will not need this constant weakening of chargeable driving offences.

congokid | 9 years ago

Have just revisited this - apologies everyone for the busted link. I've lost the opportunity to edit my first post, so here is the link again:

180 extra signatures since posting yesterday!

congokid | 9 years ago

Hope he recovers.

On a related note, has anyone seen this from the Evening Standard?

Careless drivers ‘need tough new law’, say family of girl brain damaged in car accident

There's a petition:

Riccardo_M replied to congokid | 9 years ago

I did, and signed the petition. It took 1 min.

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