Teenage Sunderland cyclist fighting for his life after car accident

Pictures sent in by Christine Dover
Pictures sent in by Christine Dover
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A TEENAGER is fighting for his life after being knocked from his bike on a busy Wearside road.

The 17-year-old was riding along the A183 Chester Road, in Penshaw, on Saturday afternoon when he was hit by a car.

Rta Penshaw on Saturday 29th Sept. 2012. Pictures sent in by Christine Dover [christinedover1@gmail.com]

Rta Penshaw on Saturday 29th Sept. 2012. Pictures sent in by Christine Dover [christinedover1@gmail.com]

Emergency services were called to the scene and Great North Air Ambulance medics battled to save his life after he stopped breathing.

The boy was airlifted to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary suffering from serious head injuries where he remains in a critical condition.

Geoff and Christine Dover captured the scene as it unfolded across the road from their home in Victoria Terrace around 12.40pm on Saturday.

The couple had been keeping an eye on a car – not the one involved in the accident – which had apparently broken down opposite.

Rta Penshaw on Saturday 29th Sept. 2012. Pictures sent in by Christine Dover [christinedover1@gmail.com]

Rta Penshaw on Saturday 29th Sept. 2012. Pictures sent in by Christine Dover [christinedover1@gmail.com]

It was when Geoff, 57, went out to check on the car that he realised what had happened.

“I opened the door and that’s when I saw the paramedics and the lad on the ground,” he said.

“We weren’t aware at the time that there had been a collision. We thought somebody had collapsed and people had stopped to help.

“It was only when I saw the damage to the car and the fact there was bike in front of it – he [the victim] must have been about 10 yards behind that.

Scene of an Rta at Pensghaw on Saturday

Scene of an Rta at Pensghaw on Saturday

“The helicopter arrived about five or ten minutes later. I thought it was the police helicopter at first, keeping an eye out for traffic problems, but it was the air ambulance.

“When it landed, they had already got the lad up and put him inside the ambulance at the roadside.

“They seemed to have been working on him in there and it must have been about half an hour before they put him in the air ambulance.”

Geoff believes the teenager was visiting friends when the accident happened.

“I was shocked when I found out it was only a young lad,” he said.

“A lot of youngsters go across to the park. There is a skateboard park there and they are across there at all times of the day with their bikes and scooters.”

The section of Chester Road road between Penshaw Lane and Avondale Avenue was closed off by police, causing tail-backs as fans heading for Sunderland’s clash with Wigan at the Stadium of Light were forced to find alternative routes.

“It was half four before they reopened it, so it was probably about four hours in total,” said Geoff.

The driver of the car, a silver Ford Fiesta, was not hurt.

Anyone who witnessed the collision should call Northumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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