Essex Police stress the importance of wearing helmet after serious Colchester incident

Police say the man's helmet probably saved his life. Picture: ESSEX POLICE

Police say the man's helmet probably saved his life. Picture: ESSEX POLICE - Credit: Archant

A cyclist who came off his bike on the A120 avoided life-changing injuries because he was wearing a helmet say police.

A 61-year old man from Marks Tey was travelling towards Colchester from Coggeshall at around 1.25pm on April 5 when his bike was involved in a collision with a lorry.

The man was taken to hospital with broken ribs and a fractured spine.

A 25-year-old man, who was driving the lorry, was reported for careless driving.

Investigating officer Pc Andrew Sumner, of Stanway Roads Policing Unit, said: “I spoke to paramedics at the scene who insisted that man’s injuries could have been life-changing had it not been for his helmet.


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“The back of the victim’s helmet clearly shows the damage it sustained after hitting the ground.

“This incident emphasises the importance of wearing a helmet, they really can be the difference between life and death.”

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