Cyclist thanks city council worker who saved him

A cyclist who suffered serious injuries after crashing his bike has thanked the Sunderland City Council worker who came to his aid.

Allan Card, 69, was riding his bike in Fatfield, just a short distance from where he lives, on the morning of Thursday 28 May when he was involved in a crash that left him lying unconscious in the road.

He said: "I don’t know what happened; I cycle every day and on this occasion I must have only been out for five or ten minutes when I was thrown from my bike. The next thing I remember is people around me and realising that I was hurt.

"I didn’t know how long I had been unconscious but I was in the road injured and in a dangerous situation. I am so grateful for the strangers who helped me, especially the man who was driving a Sunderland City Council van who had first aid equipment and sheets with him."

Michael Lee, a Building Officer from Sunderland City Council’s Building Maintenance team, helped when he saw passers by Steven Ward and another man called Danny struggling to help Allan on their own.

He said: "I was driving along Biddick Lane after collecting a delivery when I came across Danny, Steven and Allan. At first I thought it was a road traffic accident, but Allan himself wasn’t sure what had happened as he was in a state of shock.

"I have had some first aid training, so I was able to help, and we were able to stay with him until Lesley and the ambulance arrived."

Steven, who lives in Fatfield, explained: “When I found Allan he was lying on the wrong side of the road just after a blind turn.

"He had many injuries, not least his helmet which had splintered and gone into his eye, and he was bleeding extensively.

"Michael saw me trying to rescue him and stopped his van to shield my car and help me. Not only that, but he made a bed for the unconscious cyclist using his decorating sheets and did a truly amazing job of administering first aid.

"I cannot commend his action and bravery enough, especially given that some members of the public would not even walk past us for fear of coronavirus."

Allan’s wife, Lesley Card, said: "I hate to think what would have happened if these amazing strangers had not been so selfless. It really does restore your faith in human nature."

Allan is now recovering at home after spending two days in hospital with a fractured hip and bad scrapes, as well as the injury to his eye and other cuts and bruises.

Both Lesley and Steven contacted Sunderland City Council hoping to identify the council employee who they say saved Allan.

Allan said: "It may not be possible at the moment but when lockdown is over I hope I can shake Michael’s hand - I can’t thank him enough for his help."

Michael added: "I would like to thank Steven and Danny who contacted the ambulance service with accident details. We worked together.

"Overall, I am just happy to hear that Allan is okay and starting to feel better. I want to wish him the best and hope he makes a quick recovery."

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