‘I was very lucky, in­juries could have been worse’

Biker was not wear­ing pro­tec­tive cloth­ing when he crashed

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A 20-year-old man from Ruis­lip has is­sued a se­ri­ous warn­ing to mo­tor­cy­clists after he suf­fered bru­tal in­juries dur­ing a crash in East­cote that left him need­ing surgery.

Simon Row­ley was rid­ing his Yamaha 125cc bike along Field End Road along­side a friend, also on a bike, at about 5.50pm on July 20 when he was forced to brake sud­denly and lost con­trol.

Wear­ing just a T-shirt, shorts and train­ers, Simon was knocked un­con­scious by the im­pact, landed on his chest and slid­ing across a patch of grass.

When he re­gained con­scious­ness, it be­came ap­par­ent that he bro­ken his left an­kle.

Simon is now us­ing his trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ence as a warn­ing to mo­tor­cy­clists to al­ways wear pro­tec­tive cloth­ing.

He said: “I do not wish to see or hear about any other ac­ci­dents like this hap­pen­ing be­cause I was very lucky to have sus­tained the in­juries I have.

“It could have been worse as I was told that I was 10cm away from hit­ting my head on a pole and my in­juries could have been a lot more se­ri­ous.

“My mes­sage to other mo­tor­cy­clists is that whether you’ve been rid­ing for many years or you have only just started rid­ing, please pro­tec­tion.”

After the crash, Simon was taken to Hilling­don Hospi­tal in Uxbridge by am­bu­lance for X-rays.

The fol­low­ing evening, on Thurs­day July 21, he had surgery to treat three wear punc­ture wounds.

Simon had suf­fered a bro­ken an­kle, two bro­ken toes, three punc­ture wounds, lost a patch of skin on his left foot and leg, and shat­tered his foot.

Nar­rowly avoid­ing a sec­ond op­er­a­tion for the bro­ken foot, Simon said it will be months be­fore he is walk­ing again.

Simon added: “I have been a mo­tor­cy­clist for three years and this is now the ninth and worst ac­ci­dent I have been in­volved in.

“This one time I wear shorts and a T-shirt, I have a re­ally bad ac­ci­dent and I’m told that my re­cov­ery to walk prop­erly again will take months.”

Now back at home after be­ing dis­charged from hospi­tal on Au­gust 2 2, after al­most two weeks there, Simon is al­ready think­ing about get­ting back on his bike.

He said: “My mo­tor­cy­cle hasn’t sus­tained much dam­age but after a brand new paint job, which isn’t fin­ished yet, will have to be re­done and new parts will have to be or­dered which will cost quite a lot of money.”

My mes­sage to other mo­tor­cy­clists is that whether you’ve been rid­ing for many years or only just started – please wear pro­tec­tion”

n RE­COV­ER­ING: Simon Row­ley hopes other mo­tor­cy­clists don’t make the mis­takes he made which re­sulted in in­juries in­clud­ing a bro­ken foot

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