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Bicyclist Sent To Hospital After Losing Control of Bike

Web posted on May 07, 2014

(TOWNSHIP OF PERTH EAST, ON) - On Tuesday May 06, 2014, shortly before 5:30 p.m., Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were dispatched to a bicycle crash on Line 40 north of Shakespeare.

Investigation revealed that the bicyclist was west bound on Line 40, west of Perth Road 107. The bike was travelling down a hill at a high rate of speed, when the rider was observed struggling to control the handlebars and front wheel. The bicyclist lost control and crashed, causing the man's head and body to impact the pavement. The male was not wearing a bicycle helmet at the time of the crash.

The 42 year old male, a Township of Perth East resident was transported to local hospital with serious injuries. He was later transported to a London hospital for further treatment.

Wearing a helmet gives you a real chance of walking away from a collision. At the start of the bicycling season this crash serves as a reminder for all of us to wear our helmets.

The Highway Traffic Act states that; every cyclist under the age of eighteen must wear an approved bicycle helmet. Parents or guardians shall not knowingly permit cyclists under sixteen to ride without a helmet.

Adults are urged to wear an approved bicycle helmet, as they can greatly reduce the risk of permanent injury of death in the event of a fall or collision. Parents can be a good example for their children by always wearing their helmets when biking.