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Gran dies a week after being hit by cyclist

Date online: 12 June 2014

A grandmother has died a week after being knocked over by a cyclist in a freak accident.

May Stockley (81) was unloading shopping from her car in Rochdale Road, Royton on May 26 when she was hit by a cyclist riding on the pavement.

Her daughter Susan (57) ran to help as a neighbour called an ambulance. May suffered a broken arm and fractured shoulder in the collision. May died nine days later, the exact cause of death not yet known.

Susan, who enjoyed an annual holiday to Spain with her mum, said: “In hospital my mum said she forgave the cyclist and it was only an accident. Perhaps he just clipped her. He needs to come forward so we can find out what happened.”

Police are now trying to trace the cyclist, a man in his 20s, and any other witnesses.

Susan was in the house when the cyclist ran in to say he had hit May.

“The cyclist kept asking if she was OK and saying sorry. But then we went to hospital and I never saw him again,” said Susan. “I can’t remember anything about him, it’s all a blur.

“I don’t know what i’ll do without her. She was my best friend, my only friend. She was a lovely happy-go-lucky lady. I don’t know what to do.”

Police coroner’s officer, Steve Brickell, said: “I am keen to speak to witnesses to the incident and, more importantly, the cyclist involved. He may not have been aware just how seriously May was injured, but it is vitally important we speak to him.”

Anyone with information should call 0161-856 4742.


'Freak accident' I was under the impression that it is illegal for cyclists to ride on the pavement.
I wonder what all the cyclists who are quick to have a go at motorists will say about this. Not a lot I should imagine.

Time our useless excuse of a Police force started paying attention to minor offences like riding bikes on the pavement, instead of being forced to deal with major incidents like this.
Reader might remember the poor man in London punched to death by a thug simply because he challenged someone riding on the pavement.
We need a Police force, because the PC brigade we're paying for are a pale excuse for one.

Very sad , its a shame that most cyclists seem to think they are immune to road traffic laws , riding without lights at night and not stopping for red lights to riding on pavements and going the wrong way down one way streets .I have seen four cyclists riding over the bypass in the last week alone which is illegal and stupid .

Flake, the trouble is that your voice will be drowned out by those saying "Haven't the police got better things to do than fine cyclists?" and "Why aren't they catching murderers and rapists and burglars instead?"
I think it's time cyclists were required to have a registration plate, annual MOT, compulsory test to have a licence, and compulsory insurance, same as other road users.

Unfortunately accidents just happen sometimes everyone seems to want to blame the cyclist here but nobody knows the circumstances how do we know it wasn't the pedestrian's fault , and no it's not illegal for a person to ride a bike on a footpath ..

Onlyme - you are wrong, it is illegal to ride a bike on a pavement. "It is an offence under Section 72 of the Highways Act 1835 as amended by Section 85 (1) of the Local Government Act 1888."

In the highway code it states' You must not ride on the pavement' under laws HA1835 sect72 and R(S)A 1984, sect 129


I think you will find that under Laws HA 1835 sect 72 & R(S)A 1984, sect 129, it is ILLEGAL to ride on ANY footpath!

How could it possibly be the pedestrians fault?? SHE WAS LEGALLY ON THE FOOTPATH HE WASN'T... this is the reason why it's called a footpath not a bicycle path.

Only Me seems to labouring under a misapprehension that it is not illegal to ride a bike on a foothpath

"The basic offence

It’s an offence to ride your bike on any footpath or causeway which is by the side of any road and which is set apart for the accommodation of foot passengers. (HA 1835, s. 72)

If you commit this offence a constable in uniform can give you a fixed penalty of £30. This is one of the very few offences for which a community support officer can also hand out £30 FPNs.

Re Onlyme I suggest you get out your Highway Code and look at Rules for Cyclists 59-82.

Alas Peter you're probably right, but the evidence zero tolerance schemes work is indisputable.
Today GMP are more concerned with imposing Political Correctness scheme and laws than conventional Policing, hardly surprising with a commissioner like Tony Lloyd in charge.


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