77-year-old cyclist dies in Wilmslow Road crash

A cylist died today following a collision on Wilmslow Road.

Police and other emergency services were called to a serious road traffic collision on Wilmslow Road, near to the Porsche dealership, at 10.26am this morning, Saturday 24th November.

The collision involved a cyclist and a Porsche Boxter, driven by a 50 year old local woman.

The cyclist, a local woman aged 77 years, was taken to Wythenshawe Hospital where she sadly later died of her injuries.

No arrests were made and the deceased's next of kin have been informed.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision to contact Eastern Traffic Unit on 101 quoting incident 348 of 24.11.12.



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Stuart Redgard
Saturday 24th November 2012 at 10:57 pm
Are you able to confirm the location? Was it

1) Wilmslow Road, Handforth.
2) Wilmslow Road, Alderley Edge.
3) Wilmslow Road, Mottram St Andrew.
Peter Hayhurst
Sunday 25th November 2012 at 10:00 am
How very sad! My thoughts are with the families and friends of those involved. I sincerely hope that this was a real accident or mis-understanding and was not caused by careless or dangerous action or by poor road / traffic conditions.
Claire Shaw
Sunday 25th November 2012 at 10:26 am
There was an accident just below wilmslow garden centre and the road was closed for hours yesterday so I presume it was there, outside Porsche garage Handforth.
Jayne Galton
Sunday 25th November 2012 at 8:58 pm
It was outside the Porsche garage and it was so different to the accident at the end of Dean drive where I live. My thoughts are with her family x
Ian Wilson
Wednesday 28th November 2012 at 12:28 pm
I'm really sorry to hear of this accident and my thoughts go out to the women's family. I'm a cyclists myself and often find motorists don't give enough care to cyclists. Wouldn't surprise me if the women driver was on the mobile at the time and probably driving a car that was too fast for her!!
Richard Bullock
Thursday 29th November 2012 at 1:21 pm
According to the Wilmsow Express, the Porsche was turning into the Stratstone garage at the time of the collision. Probably a relatively low speed collision, but it sounds like it's yet another case of "Sorry I didn't see you", or even worse, if the car driver overtook and then turned left immediately as she was alongside the cyclist.
According to Government stats, 79% of cyclists who were killed on UK roads in 2011 were travelling straight on when a vehicle manouvered into them.
If you're driving a car approaching a junction where you wish to turn left, if there's a cyclist ahead of you, wait behind it. It'll only cost you a couple of seconds, and it won't cost the cyclists life.
Thoughts are with her family.
Vince Chadwick
Thursday 29th November 2012 at 3:06 pm
....And cyclists, help yourselves not to be a victim of numty car drivers who overtake you then turn left (I'm not suggesting that's what happened in this tragic incident - I have no idea about that as I wasn't there; this is a general point).

You do that by not riding in the gutter. Ride a fair way out, not so far that you block cars overtaking you, but far enough that they have to manouver around you and therefore they see you and register that you exist. It's often women riders who get killed by trucks turning left (there have many such tragedies in London) probably because they might not be as assertive (NOT aggressive!) as male riders in taking their rightful roadspace, keeping too far left in the gutter.

As a male cyclist I have also observed that while male drivers might occasionally be agressive towards cyclists, female drivers can be 'careless' towards them, passing them very closely indeed.
Rob Sawyer
Thursday 29th November 2012 at 9:18 pm
Richard/Vince - good points (although we do not know the details of this sad incident). If out cycling don't hug the kerb (some sub-standard cycle lanes force cyclists to ride there as they are too narrow). You should ride "assertively" (not aggressively) a reasonable distance from the kerb (generally at least 0.5 metres) so that you are visible to other road users and are not riding in the muck/rubbish/over grids etc.