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Two cyclists in hit-and-run accident

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Published Jan 4, 2012

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Two cyclists were injured on Wednesday morning, after a driver knocked them down and allegedly left the scene of the accident without reporting it.

Paramedics attending the scene said the accident happened on the M13 Fields Hills, just outside Durban at about 6am.

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ER24 spokeswoman Vanessa Jackson said a 28-year-old woman was critically injured in the accident, having sustained head and spinal injuries.

“[A] 62-year-old man was [also] treated for multiple but moderate injuries,” she said. The man was believed to have had possible spinal injuries.

Meanwhile Craig Proctor-Parker, an accident forensic reconstruction expert and cyclist said the accident was indicative of why Durban was fast becoming known, worldwide, as an unsafe city for cyclists to train in.

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He said of Wednesday morning's accident, that the area in which the cyclists were knocked down (westbound, at the top of the offramp to Kloof from the M13) was a highly visible area to motorists and pedestrians.

“That time of the morning is fairly quite and logically, it does not make sense why an accident happened,” he said.

Police spokesman Lt. Col. Vincent Mdunge said police were investigating a case of reckless and negligent driving. - IOL

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