- A cyclist has been hospitalized after being pushed off his bike by a speeding motorist.
- The man is currently recovering from his injuries.
- Western Cape Police are investigating the incident.
“I’m lucky to be alive,” said a Clanwilliam cyclist after being pushed off his mountain bike by a speeding motorist.
The man had cycled along the Graafwaterweg on Monday evening.
The impact was so severe that Joylyon Goeieman was left unconscious.
According to Goeieman, the driver of the white Kia didn’t stop and allegedly sped away without checking if he was okay.
From his hospital bed, Goeieman said he suffered serious injuries, including his right leg, which was “swollen but not broken”.
The local ambulance took him to Clanwilliam Hospital.
“I don’t remember much about the incident. I was unconscious for a while before the ambulance came and revived me. The paramedic explained that I was the victim of a hit-and-run incident,” Goeieman said.
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“I was told that the speed at which the driver came towards me was very high. I am in great pain but thankful to be alive and on the road to recovery.”
He said doctors told him he needed to stay in hospital for the rest of the week so they could monitor his recovery.
Five years ago he joined the local Cederberg Mountain Biking Club and fell in love with the sport.
Now he bikes a few hours a day because it calms his mind and helps him relax after a hard day’s work.
“Apart from the fact that my life is spared, I am even more grateful that my daughter still has her father with her. She is my life and when I saw her face light up when she saw me on Tuesday, it was very emotional,” he said.
Goeieman said the incident would not stop him from getting back on his bike once he recovered.
“I absolutely enjoy cycling. It was an unfortunate incident but it definitely won’t stop me from cycling again,” he said.
Club chairman Jaco Bosman said the incident was worrying.
“It seems that our cyclists are being targeted. We live in the country where we should feel safe as cyclists. We recognize once again that there is zero tolerance for cyclists,” Bosman said.
“Drivers need to be careful when they see cyclists on the road. We are very saddened that this unfortunate incident happened to one of our members, but we are very grateful that he is doing well.”
Western Cape Police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk said police were investigating a case of reckless and careless driving.
“No arrest yet [and the] The investigation is ongoing,” said Van Wyk.