Cyclist in a critical condition after Cheltenham road crash
PARAMEDICS have praised the fast reactions of a selfless mother who ran to the aid of a critically-injured cyclist in the moments after a serious road crash.
The 37-year-old cyclist from Charlton Kings is being treated for "life-threatening" injuries in Frenchay Hospital. She was in a collision with a white van in London Road, Cheltenham.
Doctors were yesterday fighting to save her life after the horrific crash which happened between Hales Road and Sandford Mill Road at about 8pm on Friday.
Today her condition is described as 'stable but critical.'
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Police arrested a 24-year-old man from Gloucester at the scene on suspicion of dangerous driving and he has been bailed pending further inquiries. He must return to the police station on November 4.
Witnesses said the cyclist was bleeding heavily having suffered injuries to her head and her legs but was conscious.
Quick-thinking Sammi Lennon prayed for the cyclist's life during a service at St Paul's Church yesterday morning.
The 39-year-old mother of three, who lives opposite the crash scene in London Road, is training to be a child-minder.
As part of her course, she is also taking paediatric first-aid lessons.
She said: "The poor girl was right outside our living room window. I heard the sound of the crash and there were people surrounding her in the street by the time I got there.
"But, because it was so distressing, a lot of people had to back away. I spoke with her and held her down as she tried to get up.
"I was frightened for her because she wanted to move.
"I just kept her still and spoke with her for as long as possible – as if she was my own daughter.
"She told me her age and said that she was a gardener. She was in a terrible state but she continued to talk.
"She was breathing heavily so I didn't have to perform CPR but I was so shocked I am not sure that I could have.
"I can honestly say that it was the most horrific thing I have ever seen."
Residents came rushing out of their homes after hearing a loud smash in the street.
It was unclear what had happened to the woman, at first, but it soon became apparent that she was an injured cyclist after her bike was found further along the road.
An unknown motorist also stayed by the cyclist's side before paramedics could treat her.
A spokeswoman for the South West Ambulance Service Trust said: "We would like to pay thanks to two individuals who played a vital role in aiding the injured cyclist."
Sammi continued: "I don't know why I stayed. I have three children and I just felt love for her.
"I have prayed for her. When you have had words with somebody, there is a connection. What I need to know is that she has lived.
"I can't blame anybody for not wanting to stick around. I don't know how paramedics do it.
"The good thing was that, when they took her away on a stretcher, she was speaking. The fact that she was able to articulate pain meant, I felt, that she was still with us."
The congregation at St Paul's Church, in St Paul's Road, prayed for the injured cyclist yesterday.
Crash scene investigators are now looking into the causes of the incident.
PC Adrian Wainwright said: "Our collision investigation team are looking over various pieces of evidence and there are other witness statements [to be considered]."
It is understood that a yellow car was also involved in the incident.