Paralympic cycling star in battle for life

Thu, 18 Aug 07:40:00 2011

Simon Richardson, who won two gold medals and a silver at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, is in a critical condition in hospital after a road accident.

- Paralympic cycling star

The 44-year-old was cycling near Bridgend when he was reportedly struck by a van.

He was taken to the University of Wales Hospital in Cardiff via air ambulance where he is undergoing treatment for multiple injuries. His wife said he is in a "critical but stable condition".

South Wales Police inspector Tony McAlinden said: "South Wales Police are appealing for witnesses following a road traffic collision that occurred at approximately 9.40am on Wednesday August 17 at the A48 Crack Hill, outside Crack Hill House, Bridgend.

"The Welsh Paralympic cyclist Simon Richardson MBE was involved in the injury road traffic accident. He was apparently struck by a small white van travelling in the same direction.

"The van did not stop and continued east along the A48 in the general direction of Cowbridge.

"Mr Richardson was later taken by air ambulance to University of Wales Hospital, Cardiff, where he is undergoing treatment for multiple injuries. South Wales Police are appealing for any witnesses to contact them."

A 59-year-old man from the Cowbridge area has been arrested.


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