Fatal Severn Bridge Road Race crash: Witnesses and video clips sought by police
POLICE have issued a call to anyone who was filming yesterday’s Severn Bridge Road Race where a cyclist died in a collision with a vehicle.
Officers investigating the incident also want to speak to witnesses as they confirmed that the collision involved a car travelling in the opposite direction.
The man has been named on the British Cycling website as 23-year-old Junior Heffernan from Devon, who was taking part in the race.
The incident happened on the B4461 Vattingstone Lane, at its junction with Mumbleys, at Elberton.
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A police spokesperson said: “At about 12.45pm when the cyclist was travelling down Vattingstone Lane towards a left-hand bend he was in collision with a car travelling in the opposite direction.
“Despite being given treatment the cyclist was later declared dead at the scene.”
The race was abandoned and the road was closed for a detailed examination of the scene by police collision investigators.
A volunteer paramedic providing medical cover for the road race went to the victim’s aid along with a GP who was taking part in the event.
They carried out CPR on the rider until they were joined by critical care paramedics from Great Western Air Ambulance, who carried out more advance life support at the scene, a South Western Ambulance Service spokesman said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police collision investigation unit on the force number 101.