Cyclist’s dad urges safety

THE father of a Wagga woman endured his “worst nightmare” after receiving a phone call to say his daughter had been involved in a collision with a car while riding her bike.

Jeff Brown’s daughter Stephanie, 24, was rushed to Wagga Base Hospital on Monday morning with a fractured wrist and injured elbow.

She had been riding her bike to the gym when the accident happened at the intersection of Trail and Johnston streets, about 11.15am.

Stephanie underwent surgery to have a plate and pins inserted in her wrist and was expected to be released from hospital late yesterday or today.

While shocked at the accident, Mr Brown was yesterday grateful his daughter escaped relatively unscathed.

“It could’ve been worse ... she could’ve been killed,” he said.

Stephanie’s surgeon has told the family the talented basketballer and body builder can expect to be out out action for at least eight weeks.

An active cyclist himself, Mr Brown said the roads should be shared by drivers and riders in a safe manner.

He called for a national advertising campaign to make drivers aware that cyclists have a right to use the the roads as much as drivers.

Police are investigating the cause of Monday’s incident.

“Everyone needs to take their time and slow down,” Mr Brown said. 

“There’s no need to rush here or there. How much time are you really saving?”

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