Mother of teenager knocked off bike in Taunton warns drivers to take more care

Somerset County Gazette: Erika Sherwood with her daughter Ophelia. Erika Sherwood with her daughter Ophelia.

THE mother of a teenager who was knocked off his bike while crossing at traffic lights in Taunton said drivers need to pay more attention before someone is killed.

Erika Sherwood’s son Adam Garrett, 15, was crossing at the traffic lights on Priorswood Road, close to the One Stop shop, when they had turned red.

She said a man driving a white van ‘screeched’ to a halt just in front of the lights but hit her son, knocking him off his mountain bike into the road.

The man drove off following the incident, which happened on Saturday at around 5.30pm. Erika said the police told her there is no CCTV at the location so they cannot trace the driver.

Castle School student Adam was taken to hospital and he is suffering badly bruised legs and ankles from his ordeal.

Erika, who also has a daughter Ophelia, told the County Gazette she fears other children could be more seriously hurt.

She said: “He was very lucky he was not worse off – it could have been a young child and then it would have been a lot worse.

“People drive very fast down there and another accident is waiting to happen.”

Erika praised the efforts of Good Samaritan passers-by and two drivers who stopped to help after seeing the incident.

She added: “I really want to thank the people who helped by trying to get the man to stop and calling the ambulance.

“I would just like the driver to have the decency to come forward now.”

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12:26pm Fri 6 Dec 13

ToytownTim says...

Cyclists should dismount when crossing at a crossing anyway.
Cyclists should dismount when crossing at a crossing anyway. ToytownTim

12:39pm Fri 6 Dec 13

topcataj says...

I think that is a crossing that cyclists can cross on a bike, but I would still expect anyone crossing at traffic lights to still look and check traffic has stopped before going out in front of them....
I think that is a crossing that cyclists can cross on a bike, but I would still expect anyone crossing at traffic lights to still look and check traffic has stopped before going out in front of them.... topcataj

1:48pm Fri 6 Dec 13

dan666 says...

The report states that the lights turned red and the van driver screeched to a halt but still caught her son, this leads me to believe he started crossing BEFORE he had clear passage and did not wait for the lights to go red.
The report states that the lights turned red and the van driver screeched to a halt but still caught her son, this leads me to believe he started crossing BEFORE he had clear passage and did not wait for the lights to go red. dan666

2:02pm Fri 6 Dec 13

prickles says...

Agree with above comments. Sounds like he started crossing to soon. I always wait and double check cars have stopped before crossing even when lights are red.
Agree with above comments. Sounds like he started crossing to soon. I always wait and double check cars have stopped before crossing even when lights are red. prickles

3:04pm Fri 6 Dec 13

nat_11 says...

sounds to me like all the commenters above couldn't give a stuff about this young lad - well done the lot of you miserable selfish know it - all's, the lights turn amber then red which indicated that the driver was driving with out due care and attention ,

there are cameras at the junction to Cheddon road if she can remember the type of car and the time , that might be a good place to start checking for images of the driver?
sounds to me like all the commenters above couldn't give a stuff about this young lad - well done the lot of you miserable selfish know it - all's, the lights turn amber then red which indicated that the driver was driving with out due care and attention , there are cameras at the junction to Cheddon road if she can remember the type of car and the time , that might be a good place to start checking for images of the driver? nat_11

4:07pm Fri 6 Dec 13

topcataj says...

nat_11 wrote:
sounds to me like all the commenters above couldn't give a stuff about this young lad - well done the lot of you miserable selfish know it - all's, the lights turn amber then red which indicated that the driver was driving with out due care and attention ,

there are cameras at the junction to Cheddon road if she can remember the type of car and the time , that might be a good place to start checking for images of the driver?
As someone who has cycled a lot in the past, I'd rather be safe than right. Yes the van should have stopped for the red light, but things happen, it's still sensible to check before you cross and end up angry at someone not stopping for the lights instead of being angry and injured by them....
[quote][p][bold]nat_11[/bold] wrote: sounds to me like all the commenters above couldn't give a stuff about this young lad - well done the lot of you miserable selfish know it - all's, the lights turn amber then red which indicated that the driver was driving with out due care and attention , there are cameras at the junction to Cheddon road if she can remember the type of car and the time , that might be a good place to start checking for images of the driver?[/p][/quote]As someone who has cycled a lot in the past, I'd rather be safe than right. Yes the van should have stopped for the red light, but things happen, it's still sensible to check before you cross and end up angry at someone not stopping for the lights instead of being angry and injured by them.... topcataj

4:43pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Samej1 says...

Hypothetical:
"Teenage pedestrian knocked over when van fails to stop for red light"
Comments: "Terrible, hope they catch him"

Here:
"Van knocks teenager off bike after failing to stop at lights"
Comments: "It's the cyclist's fault"

Shows the attitude to cyclists in the UK, sadly. (cue red light/pavement/light
s)
Hypothetical: "Teenage pedestrian knocked over when van fails to stop for red light" Comments: "Terrible, hope they catch him" Here: "Van knocks teenager off bike after failing to stop at lights" Comments: "It's the cyclist's fault" Shows the attitude to cyclists in the UK, sadly. (cue red light/pavement/light s) Samej1

5:04pm Fri 6 Dec 13

FreeSpeech? says...

I was under the impression it was called a pedestrian crossing for a reason, that being it's for pedestrians not cycling which means you should dismount and walk across. I'm sure the cyclist we put me right if I'm wrong as the majority of them believe the law of the the land should be written to favour them.
I was under the impression it was called a pedestrian crossing for a reason, that being it's for pedestrians not cycling which means you should dismount and walk across. I'm sure the cyclist we put me right if I'm wrong as the majority of them believe the law of the the land should be written to favour them. FreeSpeech?

5:17pm Fri 6 Dec 13

prickles says...

It's called a toucan crossing apparently. And if u read the write up the mother has said the police have told her there in no CCTV there.
It's called a toucan crossing apparently. And if u read the write up the mother has said the police have told her there in no CCTV there. prickles

5:31pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Samej1 says...

FreeSpeech? wrote:
I was under the impression it was called a pedestrian crossing for a reason, that being it's for pedestrians not cycling which means you should dismount and walk across. I'm sure the cyclist we put me right if I'm wrong as the majority of them believe the law of the the land should be written to favour them.
Most motorists believe the law of the land should be written to favour them too - especially the van driver in this case.,
[quote][p][bold]FreeSpeech?[/bold] wrote: I was under the impression it was called a pedestrian crossing for a reason, that being it's for pedestrians not cycling which means you should dismount and walk across. I'm sure the cyclist we put me right if I'm wrong as the majority of them believe the law of the the land should be written to favour them.[/p][/quote]Most motorists believe the law of the land should be written to favour them too - especially the van driver in this case., Samej1

7:37pm Fri 6 Dec 13

blublu says...

I know that Adam hes an idiot probably his fault usually is n the way he messess around on his bike was probably his own fault .....
I know that Adam hes an idiot probably his fault usually is n the way he messess around on his bike was probably his own fault ..... blublu

11:42am Sat 7 Dec 13

James-1862 says...

Sadly there are a growing number of drivers in the Taunton area that think they can jump a red light if they can get away with it. If you walk into work you will see it quite clearly. The crossings in the town centre are a splendid example. Last week I was crossing the road in East Reach when the woman who had just stopped at the lights decided to pull forward across the crossing nearly running everyone over because she was deeply engrossed in the conversation with her passenger. Never mind the small army of Traffic wardens who are hell bent on enforcing the clear way but stand idle when they see the outright dangerous driving in front of them. Is this because they can’t get a quick buck for the council? Only fools use the crossing at the bottom of East Reach where it Joins Hamilton road, you take your life in your hands here. Both car drivers and those who ride a bike and even people on foot need to wake up and pay attention to what they are doing before someone is killed in this town
Sadly there are a growing number of drivers in the Taunton area that think they can jump a red light if they can get away with it. If you walk into work you will see it quite clearly. The crossings in the town centre are a splendid example. Last week I was crossing the road in East Reach when the woman who had just stopped at the lights decided to pull forward across the crossing nearly running everyone over because she was deeply engrossed in the conversation with her passenger. Never mind the small army of Traffic wardens who are hell bent on enforcing the clear way but stand idle when they see the outright dangerous driving in front of them. Is this because they can’t get a quick buck for the council? Only fools use the crossing at the bottom of East Reach where it Joins Hamilton road, you take your life in your hands here. Both car drivers and those who ride a bike and even people on foot need to wake up and pay attention to what they are doing before someone is killed in this town James-1862

6:07pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Guy Smiley says...

I'd be interested in how left-wing commentators to these comments can link this incident to about 3,000 words of anti-cuts diatribe.
I'd be interested in how left-wing commentators to these comments can link this incident to about 3,000 words of anti-cuts diatribe. Guy Smiley

9:01pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Mi_Coc says...

The clue is in the name 'pedestrian crossing' once you are straddling a bike you are a cyclist. So the cyclist as i have seen could of been one of these who darts around pavements and tried to dart across the crossing and is actually a danger to pedestrians but I speculating.. The driver should of stopped though.

castle school but happened outside academy, interesting.

Avon and Somerset only nail speeding drivers and drug dealers anything else and your lucky to get pcso on it. This a the usual we cant be bothered response.

Those little black cameras on top of the lights are ANPR they are dotted all around the town you can't drive a vehicle around taunton without being tracked. Assuming the van driver isn't a seriously organised criminal gang who have false plates you could use the index data track the van all round town and out. Why cant they do that>?
The clue is in the name 'pedestrian crossing' once you are straddling a bike you are a cyclist. So the cyclist as i have seen could of been one of these who darts around pavements and tried to dart across the crossing and is actually a danger to pedestrians but I speculating.. The driver should of stopped though. castle school but happened outside academy, interesting. Avon and Somerset only nail speeding drivers and drug dealers anything else and your lucky to get pcso on it. This a the usual we cant be bothered response. Those little black cameras on top of the lights are ANPR they are dotted all around the town you can't drive a vehicle around taunton without being tracked. Assuming the van driver isn't a seriously organised criminal gang who have false plates you could use the index data track the van all round town and out. Why cant they do that>? Mi_Coc

8:29am Sun 8 Dec 13

prickles says...

This is actually a toucan crossing which allows cyclists to cycle across it when the lights are red. Pedestrians walk cyclists cycle. As there are cycle sections on the pavements both sides of the road. I remember when this crossing was made and it said it is a toucan crossing. Maybe people should try looking on google to see the difference. But a lot of people tend to try and cross when the lights have gone to orange and not red. Still strange why it happened there if he goes to castle school.
This is actually a toucan crossing which allows cyclists to cycle across it when the lights are red. Pedestrians walk cyclists cycle. As there are cycle sections on the pavements both sides of the road. I remember when this crossing was made and it said it is a toucan crossing. Maybe people should try looking on google to see the difference. But a lot of people tend to try and cross when the lights have gone to orange and not red. Still strange why it happened there if he goes to castle school. prickles

8:30am Sun 8 Dec 13

prickles says...

Actually just noticed it says it happened on a Saturday at 5.30 pm.
Actually just noticed it says it happened on a Saturday at 5.30 pm. prickles

4:07pm Sun 8 Dec 13

heather147 says...

There are too many cyclists crossing the road at pedestrian crossings. They don't seem to care about pedestrians. As it was 5.30 pm and the fact that it was a 15 year old boy leads me to ask - how was he riding the bike? Did he have lights on his bike? Was he wearing a high viz jacket? Although I have no knowledge of this particular incident, I rather suspect not. It would be a surprise if a 15 year old boy had lights on his bike or was wearing a high viz jacket and was looking where he was going - most have things in their ears so can't hear either. They all seem to assume they have right of way and you are to blame if you get in their way.
There are too many cyclists crossing the road at pedestrian crossings. They don't seem to care about pedestrians. As it was 5.30 pm and the fact that it was a 15 year old boy leads me to ask - how was he riding the bike? Did he have lights on his bike? Was he wearing a high viz jacket? Although I have no knowledge of this particular incident, I rather suspect not. It would be a surprise if a 15 year old boy had lights on his bike or was wearing a high viz jacket and was looking where he was going - most have things in their ears so can't hear either. They all seem to assume they have right of way and you are to blame if you get in their way. heather147

5:53pm Sun 8 Dec 13

Samej1 says...

heather147 wrote:
There are too many cyclists crossing the road at pedestrian crossings. They don't seem to care about pedestrians. As it was 5.30 pm and the fact that it was a 15 year old boy leads me to ask - how was he riding the bike? Did he have lights on his bike? Was he wearing a high viz jacket? Although I have no knowledge of this particular incident, I rather suspect not. It would be a surprise if a 15 year old boy had lights on his bike or was wearing a high viz jacket and was looking where he was going - most have things in their ears so can't hear either. They all seem to assume they have right of way and you are to blame if you get in their way.
For the umpteenth time THIS IS NOT A PEDESTRIAN CROSSING ITS A TOICAN CROSSING.

Way to go 1) victim blaming 2) putting down teenagers 3) deducing what really happened while not being there at the time.
[quote][p][bold]heather147[/bold] wrote: There are too many cyclists crossing the road at pedestrian crossings. They don't seem to care about pedestrians. As it was 5.30 pm and the fact that it was a 15 year old boy leads me to ask - how was he riding the bike? Did he have lights on his bike? Was he wearing a high viz jacket? Although I have no knowledge of this particular incident, I rather suspect not. It would be a surprise if a 15 year old boy had lights on his bike or was wearing a high viz jacket and was looking where he was going - most have things in their ears so can't hear either. They all seem to assume they have right of way and you are to blame if you get in their way.[/p][/quote]For the umpteenth time THIS IS NOT A PEDESTRIAN CROSSING ITS A TOICAN CROSSING. Way to go 1) victim blaming 2) putting down teenagers 3) deducing what really happened while not being there at the time. Samej1

7:12pm Sun 8 Dec 13

FreeSpeech? says...

Samej1 wrote:
heather147 wrote:
There are too many cyclists crossing the road at pedestrian crossings. They don't seem to care about pedestrians. As it was 5.30 pm and the fact that it was a 15 year old boy leads me to ask - how was he riding the bike? Did he have lights on his bike? Was he wearing a high viz jacket? Although I have no knowledge of this particular incident, I rather suspect not. It would be a surprise if a 15 year old boy had lights on his bike or was wearing a high viz jacket and was looking where he was going - most have things in their ears so can't hear either. They all seem to assume they have right of way and you are to blame if you get in their way.
For the umpteenth time THIS IS NOT A PEDESTRIAN CROSSING ITS A TOICAN CROSSING.

Way to go 1) victim blaming 2) putting down teenagers 3) deducing what really happened while not being there at the time.
I expect everyone is judging by their past experiences of young cyclists of this town and in my view they're probably not far wrong.
[quote][p][bold]Samej1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]heather147[/bold] wrote: There are too many cyclists crossing the road at pedestrian crossings. They don't seem to care about pedestrians. As it was 5.30 pm and the fact that it was a 15 year old boy leads me to ask - how was he riding the bike? Did he have lights on his bike? Was he wearing a high viz jacket? Although I have no knowledge of this particular incident, I rather suspect not. It would be a surprise if a 15 year old boy had lights on his bike or was wearing a high viz jacket and was looking where he was going - most have things in their ears so can't hear either. They all seem to assume they have right of way and you are to blame if you get in their way.[/p][/quote]For the umpteenth time THIS IS NOT A PEDESTRIAN CROSSING ITS A TOICAN CROSSING. Way to go 1) victim blaming 2) putting down teenagers 3) deducing what really happened while not being there at the time.[/p][/quote]I expect everyone is judging by their past experiences of young cyclists of this town and in my view they're probably not far wrong. FreeSpeech?

7:18pm Sun 8 Dec 13

Samej1 says...

FreeSpeech? wrote:
Samej1 wrote:
heather147 wrote:
There are too many cyclists crossing the road at pedestrian crossings. They don't seem to care about pedestrians. As it was 5.30 pm and the fact that it was a 15 year old boy leads me to ask - how was he riding the bike? Did he have lights on his bike? Was he wearing a high viz jacket? Although I have no knowledge of this particular incident, I rather suspect not. It would be a surprise if a 15 year old boy had lights on his bike or was wearing a high viz jacket and was looking where he was going - most have things in their ears so can't hear either. They all seem to assume they have right of way and you are to blame if you get in their way.
For the umpteenth time THIS IS NOT A PEDESTRIAN CROSSING ITS A TOICAN CROSSING.

Way to go 1) victim blaming 2) putting down teenagers 3) deducing what really happened while not being there at the time.
I expect everyone is judging by their past experiences of young cyclists of this town and in my view they're probably not far wrong.
Good job anecdotal evidence isn't admissible then - or the texting can driver in this case would be in a heap of trouble.
[quote][p][bold]FreeSpeech?[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Samej1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]heather147[/bold] wrote: There are too many cyclists crossing the road at pedestrian crossings. They don't seem to care about pedestrians. As it was 5.30 pm and the fact that it was a 15 year old boy leads me to ask - how was he riding the bike? Did he have lights on his bike? Was he wearing a high viz jacket? Although I have no knowledge of this particular incident, I rather suspect not. It would be a surprise if a 15 year old boy had lights on his bike or was wearing a high viz jacket and was looking where he was going - most have things in their ears so can't hear either. They all seem to assume they have right of way and you are to blame if you get in their way.[/p][/quote]For the umpteenth time THIS IS NOT A PEDESTRIAN CROSSING ITS A TOICAN CROSSING. Way to go 1) victim blaming 2) putting down teenagers 3) deducing what really happened while not being there at the time.[/p][/quote]I expect everyone is judging by their past experiences of young cyclists of this town and in my view they're probably not far wrong.[/p][/quote]Good job anecdotal evidence isn't admissible then - or the texting can driver in this case would be in a heap of trouble. Samej1

7:19pm Sun 8 Dec 13

Samej1 says...

FreeSpeech? wrote:
Samej1 wrote:
heather147 wrote:
There are too many cyclists crossing the road at pedestrian crossings. They don't seem to care about pedestrians. As it was 5.30 pm and the fact that it was a 15 year old boy leads me to ask - how was he riding the bike? Did he have lights on his bike? Was he wearing a high viz jacket? Although I have no knowledge of this particular incident, I rather suspect not. It would be a surprise if a 15 year old boy had lights on his bike or was wearing a high viz jacket and was looking where he was going - most have things in their ears so can't hear either. They all seem to assume they have right of way and you are to blame if you get in their way.
For the umpteenth time THIS IS NOT A PEDESTRIAN CROSSING ITS A TOICAN CROSSING.

Way to go 1) victim blaming 2) putting down teenagers 3) deducing what really happened while not being there at the time.
I expect everyone is judging by their past experiences of young cyclists of this town and in my view they're probably not far wrong.
Good job anecdotal evidence isn't admissible then - or the texting van driver in this case would be in a heap of trouble.
[quote][p][bold]FreeSpeech?[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Samej1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]heather147[/bold] wrote: There are too many cyclists crossing the road at pedestrian crossings. They don't seem to care about pedestrians. As it was 5.30 pm and the fact that it was a 15 year old boy leads me to ask - how was he riding the bike? Did he have lights on his bike? Was he wearing a high viz jacket? Although I have no knowledge of this particular incident, I rather suspect not. It would be a surprise if a 15 year old boy had lights on his bike or was wearing a high viz jacket and was looking where he was going - most have things in their ears so can't hear either. They all seem to assume they have right of way and you are to blame if you get in their way.[/p][/quote]For the umpteenth time THIS IS NOT A PEDESTRIAN CROSSING ITS A TOICAN CROSSING. Way to go 1) victim blaming 2) putting down teenagers 3) deducing what really happened while not being there at the time.[/p][/quote]I expect everyone is judging by their past experiences of young cyclists of this town and in my view they're probably not far wrong.[/p][/quote]Good job anecdotal evidence isn't admissible then - or the texting van driver in this case would be in a heap of trouble. Samej1

2:02pm Mon 9 Dec 13

GoingGreen says...

Usual anti-cyclist nonsense then.
Usual anti-cyclist nonsense then. GoingGreen

1:33pm Tue 10 Dec 13

*Flick* says...

I'm sorry, but how can you all comment so negatively about a teenage boy who was knocked from his bike on a toucan crossing (which means he CAN cycle across) but not have a single bad thing to say about the van driver who hit him and drove off, without even checking if he was ok?
Regardless of who is to blame, the person driving the van should not have left an injured boy on the road and drove off - esentially a HIT AND RUN!! Disgusting that you are all taking the van drivers side!
I'm sorry, but how can you all comment so negatively about a teenage boy who was knocked from his bike on a toucan crossing (which means he CAN cycle across) but not have a single bad thing to say about the van driver who hit him and drove off, without even checking if he was ok? Regardless of who is to blame, the person driving the van should not have left an injured boy on the road and drove off - esentially a HIT AND RUN!! Disgusting that you are all taking the van drivers side! *Flick*

1:42pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Taunton76 says...

Isn't the point the fact that, without passing judgement on the reasons for the collision or who's fault it was, a van has collided with a cyclist and left the scene of an accident?

Also interesting is the statement that there is no CCTV at the location, when there is a big camera on top of the traffic lights in question. Whats the purpose of that camera?
Isn't the point the fact that, without passing judgement on the reasons for the collision or who's fault it was, a van has collided with a cyclist and left the scene of an accident? Also interesting is the statement that there is no CCTV at the location, when there is a big camera on top of the traffic lights in question. Whats the purpose of that camera? Taunton76

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