Son saves father's life after serious cycling accident

15-year-old Jonathan Allman assists father after he broke 12 ribs and suffered a punctured lung as a result of a cycling accident in Tyneside

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A cyclist who hit a lamppost at 20mph and suffered a multitude of the “worst bike injuries” is, he says, only alive because of his son’s actions.

John Allman, of Shiremoor, North Tyneside, was cycling in nearby Blyth with his 15-year-old son Jonathan in August when his attention was diverted away from the road because of a car passing close by.

As John, 42, turned to look back at the road after looking at the driver he hit a lamppost at high speed before landing in the middle of the road.

Jonathan has learning difficulties and despite being “somebody that would generally panic” he called 999 immediately which enabled John to go to hospital straight away.

“Jonathan saved my live. If he had not helped me I would have not been here today,” John said.

“That day will always be with me, and as a parent it’s been choking me to do something about his bravery. I can’t ever repay Jonathan for what he has done for me.”

Still recovering from his accident at his home, an unconscious John was placed in intensive care at the Newcastle RVI for several days and was treated for 12 broken ribs, 16 fractured ribs, a collapsed lung and a punctured lung.

“The nurse said to my wife it was the worst bike injuries she had ever seen,” John revealed.

Chris Marshall-Bell

Chris first started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2013 on work experience and has since become a regular name in the magazine and on the website. Reporting from races, long interviews with riders from the peloton and riding features drive his love of writing about all things two wheels.


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