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Yet another KwaZulu-Natal cyclist struck down

By Canaan Mdletshe | Jan 07, 2013 | COMMENTS [ 5 ]

WITHIN days of South African mountain bike champion Burry Stander's death after a collision with a taxi driver, a KwaZulu-Natal cyclist has been critically injured after she was knocked down by a car.

The 22-year-old Richards Bay woman was cycling with a group of friends on Saturday when the crash occurred.

The latest accident comes as KwaZulu-Natal Cycling president Greg Stedman slammed impatient motorists and their lack of respect for the laws of the road.

Calling on cyclists to lead by example in the use of roads, Stedman said: "It is a difficult problem ... It is caused by intolerance.

"South Africans need to realise that we have a problem ... compounded by the lack of strict policing, impatience and a lack of respect for the law."

He said all South Africans needed to determine what could be done to avoid such accidents.

"Together with Cycling SA, we will sit down and think of ways to address this problem."

Netcare 911 spokesman Chris Botha said the woman was riding in a group when a motorist crashed his car into her before hitting a lamp post.

"The critically injured cyclist was stabilised before she was taken to hospital. A passenger in the car was injured and taken to a provincial hospital for treatment," Botha said.

The motorist was taken in for questioning by police officers.

Meanwhile, KwaZulu-Natal police investigating Stander's death said the taxi driver had cooperated with them.

Police spokesman Colonel Jay Naicker said the driver would be charged with culpable homicide and appear in the Port Shepstone Magistrate's Court today.

Stander died after he was hit by a taxi in Shelly Beach on the KwaZulu- Natal South Coast while on a training ride on Thursday afternoon.

Memorial rides took place across the country over the weekend to commemorate Stander's life.

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Bloody KZN and their people.

Jan 07, 2013 7:28 | 0 replies

Bloody Burindian and their stupidity.

Jan 07, 2013 7:57 | 0 replies

Ja neh our road are made of death - if you are in a car, on a cycle, taxi or what ever it is always a disaster on our roads.

Jan 07, 2013 9:16 | 0 replies

whay dont u tell the fools who keep complaining when the trafic department suggest we should lower the max driving speed on our roads, those that keep saying why cant they b allowed to drive their big machines at 200km/h, many here complain and when someone dies,evryone seem to forget what is it realy that leads to such eccidents on the roads. a robot turn orange and u put gas so u can cross it(damn man it takes less than 2 minutes for a robot to turn back green man, someone wants to change lane and u put gas so they can do it after u passed them? people get in accidents because they were right and the other dude was wrong, come on now u could have avoided this and let the fool pass and u will be safely on your way,

Jan 07, 2013 2:47 | 0 replies

Watch the space ,the same MEC of transport in KZN will become minister of transport to republic of South africa

Jan 08, 2013 8:59 | 0 replies