Cyclist airlifted to hospital after smashing through car windscreen

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A TEENAGE cyclist was thrown through the window of a car when he collided with a car in Rugby.

Medics said the 14-year-old, who was airlifted to hospital, had a lucky escape - and they have warned of the dangers of wearing headphones while riding.

The collision happened at about 6.15pm in Lawford Road near to Cemex.

An ambulance, rapid response vehicle, a paramedic officer and a BASICS Emergency Doctor were sent to the scene. Dr Matthew Wyse, who is also a consultant anaesthetist at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire, said: “When ambulance staff arrived, they found the boy had collided with the front of a car hitting the windscreen with his shoulder and head.

“Thankfully, he had not suffered serious injuries although he had a probable fracture to his right ankle.”

He was taken University Hospital, Coventry, where he was treated.

The man driving the car was shaken but otherwise unhurt.

“What concerns me is that this teenager was not wearing a cycle helmet or any reflective clothing on a damp and misty night,” added Dr Wyse.

“He is incredibly lucky not to have suffered very serious or even life changing injuries.

“I would urge all cyclists to make sure that they always wear a helmet, wear reflective clothing, especially at night. I am also very concerned by the number of people who ride whilst wearing headphones – it has to be asking for trouble.”