Accident shatters church minister's hopes

Time of article published Feb 12, 2010

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By Natasha Prince, Staff Reporter

An avid cyclist and church minister set to take part in his 12th Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour next month has had to have his leg amputated after he fell under a truck carrying a load of bricks while training for the big event.

The horror accident occurred on Tuesday morning as the Rev Kelly Kosky was riding with other members of the Recyclers Cycling Club on the R304 in Stellenbosch.

His leg was crushed under the heavy wheels of the truck when he fell from his bike after hitting a drainage grate.

Kosky, 59, is a well-known church minister actively involved in community projects in Khayelitsha and the Eastern Cape, including an HIV/Aids clinic and an orphanage.

His wife, Kathy, who was riding with the same group, said traffic had been moving very slowly that morning, and that her husband had been riding alongside the brick truck when the accident occurred.

Kosky's daughter, Rachel, said her father "fell over into the side of the truck".

Kosky was rushed to hospital in Stellenbosch, where he is recovering in the intensive care unit.

"He's still in shock about what happened," his wife said, adding that the family was "coping".

He was due to go back for surgery this weekend, after the leg became infected.

His wife said she used to be a nurse and that she and a qualified surgeon also riding with the group had tended to Kosky at the scene before paramedics arrived.

The Koskys and their children moved permanently to the Transkei in the mid-1980s, where they started more than 100 Xhosa-speaking churches and established a Xhosa Bible School, which opened in 2001.

Kelly Kosky is the director and founder of Transkei Victory Christian Ministries, which are focused on rural Xhosa villages.

He is also the director of African New Life Ministries, aimed at Xhosa people living in disadvantaged areas.

They also work with World Outreach Ministries, a charitable organisation in Marietta, Georgia.

Yesterday, Stellenbosch police spokeswoman Rene Matthee said she could find no record of the accident.

David Bellairs, co-director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, has meanwhile appealed to motorists and cyclists to exercise caution.

"It's important for motorists to note that there are an inordinate number of cyclists out there, and we ask for their patience over this time and for them to be aware of the cyclists out there.

"And by the same token, we appeal to the cyclists to have the same respect for all road users," he said.

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