Scot’s US char­ity bike run cut short by car as cy­clist hurt six months ago dies

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John Telfer was badly in­jured cy­cling in Spain. A FA­THER on a char­ity cy­cle across Amer­ica is in hos­pi­tal with se­ri­ous in­juries af­ter be­ing hit by a car.

Alan Cor­sie’s 3,000 char­ity ride was cut short less than 500 miles from his des­ti­na­tion by the ac­ci­dent be­tween Mar­i­ana and Tal­la­has­see in Florida on Novem­ber 11.

He suf­fered two bro­ken an­kles and a col­lapsed lung in the ac­ci­dent and is be­ing treated in in­ten­sive care at Tal­la­has­see Hos­pi­tal. It is hoped he will be moved to a re­hab fa­cil­ity for three weeks be­fore he can fly home.

Mr Cor­sie, 55, from Aberdeen, was do­ing the trip to raise money for Alzheimer Scot­land as his mother has been di­ag­nosed with de­men­tia.

On his Face­book page on Novem­ber 12, the fa­ther-ofthree wrote: “Well for me, the cy­cle is over. I got hit by a car from be­hind yes­ter­day, and didn’t know any­thing about it un­til wak­ing up in ICU. Both an­kles bro­ken and a col­lapsed lung. Give me my sore bum and knee any­time!”

It emerged yes­ter­day an­other cy­clist, who broke his neck in a crash in Spain six months ago, has died.

The fam­ily of John Telfer, from East Calder in West Loth­ian, paid trib­ute to the lec­turer, say­ing he had been “do­ing some­thing he loved”.

Mr Telfer was in­jured in an ac­ci­dent on the road to Pe­dreguer from Al­calali in May. He was then flown back to Scot­land with a spinal in­jury af­ter £25,000 was raised through crowd­fund­ing.

Gregg Telfer, Mr Telfer’s son, posted on Face­book: “It was my fa­ther’s choice to not ac­cept fur­ther ven­ti­la­tion due to com­pli­ca­tions and, al­though the last six months have been the most test­ing that any fam­ily should have to go through, we are still grate­ful and proud of his char­ac­ter, de­ter­mi­na­tion and at­ti­tude from sus­tain­ing the ini­tial in­juries, through at­tempted re­cov­ery pe­ri­ods, un­til his pass­ing.”

Mr Cor­sie’s fam­ily, mean­while, said they had been over­whelmed by sup­port since his ac­ci­dent.

His daugh­ter Ellen, 20, said: “He’s in high spir­its and is on the road to re­cov­ery.

She added: “It’s been over­whelm­ing the amount of mes­sages we have re­ceived and do­na­tions.”

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