UPDATED Cyclist dies after New Forest collision

Bournemouth Echo: Cyclist dies after New Forest collision Cyclist dies after New Forest collision

TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular cyclist has died following a collision with a car in the New Forest.

James Atherton was seriously injured on Sunday – just 24 hours after taking part in a race – and died in hospital on Monday.

Mr Atherton, 25, was studying for a PhD in medicine at Southampton University.

His course leader, Dr Nicola Englyst, said: “James was an extremely talented student who was in the final year of his PhD in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton.

“He was very much looking forward to completing his doctoral thesis and continuing with his research into how blood vessels maintain their health.

“James’ research brought him into contact with many staff and students in the hospital and the University.

“He was generous with his time and energy and always had time for anyone who asked his help and he will be sorely missed.

“James was someone who was just so good at everything he put his mind to. His death is a terrible end to a wonderful life.”

Mr Atherton, of Burgess Road, Southampton, was a well-known member of the Portsmouth-based VC St Raphael cycling club.

Club spokesman Mick Waite said: “James was making good progress at the club and everyone spoke very highly of him.

“He raced at Ludgershall in Wiltshire on Saturday in awful conditions and then went for a ride on Sunday.”

Mr Atherton was a former member of Southampton Triathlon Club.

Chairman Julian McCarthy said: “The local triathlon and cycling community is small and close knit, and we were devastated to hear of his tragic death at such a young age and would like to express our condolences to his family and racing friends who will miss his quiet determination and his natural ability.”

Mr Atherton was with a group of fellow cyclists when the accident happened in Pitmore Lane, Sway.

A message posted on the STC website said: “Some very sad news has come in regarding James Atherton, who was a club member for a short period of time for 2010-2011.

“He was involved in a collision with a car and, in spite of being airlifted to hospital, has died of his injuries.

“James was only 25 and was a strong and experienced cyclist. A really terrible thing to have happened and STC offers its condolences to his family.”

The car involved in the accident was a grey Volkswagen Golf that was travelling towards Brockenhurst when the collision happened just before 11am.

Police say the vehicle was being driven by a 57-year-old man from Evesham, Worcestershire, who was unhurt.

Pitmore Lane was closed for several hours while police investigated the cause of the crash and arranged for the car and the bicycle to be recovered.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact the Totton Roads Policing Unit on 101, quoting Operation Baroque.

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8:52am Tue 15 Jan 13

suzigirl says...

What terrible news - I lost my son who was riding a mountain bike and collided with a van four years ago. RIP
What terrible news - I lost my son who was riding a mountain bike and collided with a van four years ago. RIP suzigirl
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9:06am Tue 15 Jan 13

Ash_69 says...

Condolences to all those involved.
Condolences to all those involved. Ash_69
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9:06am Tue 15 Jan 13

uvox44 says...

terrible news.
terrible news. uvox44
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9:28am Tue 15 Jan 13

Frank28 says...

Cycling on Forest roads is far more dangerous than people believe.
Cycling on Forest roads is far more dangerous than people believe. Frank28
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9:33am Tue 15 Jan 13

ABCD1 says...

Such dreadful news, my thoughts are with the family and his fellow riders.

Sunday was a lovely day for a ride, it should not of ended this way. RIP x
Such dreadful news, my thoughts are with the family and his fellow riders. Sunday was a lovely day for a ride, it should not of ended this way. RIP x ABCD1
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9:56am Tue 15 Jan 13

retry69 says...

An awful tragedy, my thoughts are with the family and friends.
An awful tragedy, my thoughts are with the family and friends. retry69
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10:14am Tue 15 Jan 13

Kuota man says...

This is dreadful news. Thats two accidents involving cars and cyclists in the New Forest last weekend that I am aware of. Dont know what can be done to cut down this carnage, but we must start taking some lessons from these tradegys.
This is dreadful news. Thats two accidents involving cars and cyclists in the New Forest last weekend that I am aware of. Dont know what can be done to cut down this carnage, but we must start taking some lessons from these tradegys. Kuota man
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3:44pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Dawg1505 says...

Thoughts and Condolences to all of James freinds and Family...

You will be missed by the wider community of Cyclists...
Thoughts and Condolences to all of James freinds and Family... You will be missed by the wider community of Cyclists... Dawg1505
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4:19pm Tue 15 Jan 13

scrumpyjack says...

Totally agree but I think we need to be careful of using words such as "carnage" (I won't quote the actual meaning of the word but look it up).

There were hundreds, if not thousands of cyclists out on Sunday in Hants & Dorset and we are all the better for it.

This is a nightmare for all concerned but we must not let it in anyway stop us from enjoying activities such as this.
Totally agree but I think we need to be careful of using words such as "carnage" (I won't quote the actual meaning of the word but look it up). There were hundreds, if not thousands of cyclists out on Sunday in Hants & Dorset and we are all the better for it. This is a nightmare for all concerned but we must not let it in anyway stop us from enjoying activities such as this. scrumpyjack
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4:26pm Tue 15 Jan 13

EGHH says...

Drivers must take extra care when there are cyclists around. I used to cycle but lost my nerve after too many near misses. RIP James.
Drivers must take extra care when there are cyclists around. I used to cycle but lost my nerve after too many near misses. RIP James. EGHH
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7:32pm Tue 15 Jan 13

sterpan3 says...

Very sad News I didn't want to hear this .Somethings got to be done ..I suggest the police go undercover as cyclists and see the abuse dished out by car drivers ...I havnt seen one speed trap in the forest for over ten years ? Ive been buzzed from behind by cars driving past within inchs..Very scary
Very sad News I didn't want to hear this .Somethings got to be done ..I suggest the police go undercover as cyclists and see the abuse dished out by car drivers ...I havnt seen one speed trap in the forest for over ten years ? Ive been buzzed from behind by cars driving past within inchs..Very scary sterpan3
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7:33pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Arthur Maureen says...

scrumpyjack wrote:
Totally agree but I think we need to be careful of using words such as "carnage" (I won't quote the actual meaning of the word but look it up).

There were hundreds, if not thousands of cyclists out on Sunday in Hants & Dorset and we are all the better for it.

This is a nightmare for all concerned but we must not let it in anyway stop us from enjoying activities such as this.
Agreed.
[quote][p][bold]scrumpyjack[/bold] wrote: Totally agree but I think we need to be careful of using words such as "carnage" (I won't quote the actual meaning of the word but look it up). There were hundreds, if not thousands of cyclists out on Sunday in Hants & Dorset and we are all the better for it. This is a nightmare for all concerned but we must not let it in anyway stop us from enjoying activities such as this.[/p][/quote]Agreed. Arthur Maureen
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