Police investigate and a driver (seated) is consoled after her car hit a cyclist on the Hervey Bay Esplanade yesterday.
Police investigate and a driver (seated) is consoled after her car hit a cyclist on the Hervey Bay Esplanade yesterday. Alistair Brightman

Car hits morning rider at Urangan

WHEN dental prosthetist Noel Guy heard a loud bang yesterday morning, he raced out from his workplace to see what it was.

There on the roadway, outside his Urangan dental practice, it was clear that a bike rider had been struck by a car.

Mr Guy frantically called for an ambulance.

The female cyclist, he said, was riding with two other people, possibly her husband and daughter, when she was hit just before 9am.

The 66-year-old woman was taken by ambulance to Hervey Bay Hospital but it is understood her injuries were not serious.

The driver, a 70-year-old woman, was visibly distressed following the incident and had to be consoled as police carried out their investigations.

It is understood she had been making a turn from Elizabeth Street on to the Esplanade when her car struck the bike, which was heading west.

“I heard the noise (of the crash), yeah it was quite loud,” Mr Guy said.

“I imagine as she has come around the corner, she failed to see her.”

He said the cyclist did not appear to be in pain following the crash but may have suffered a neck injury.

“She seemed pretty alright.

“She was conscious and moving around.

“I think it was probably a nasty fright more than anything.

“The driver was in shock.”

Mr Guy said it took the ambulance about 15 minutes to arrive at the scene.

“It was a bit of a slow response but they got here eventually,” he said.



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