Cyclist feels ‘lucky to be alive’ after collision with car in Northampton

Cyclist Elaine Tonks suffered a fracutured cheek bone and knee after she was involved in a collision with a car
Cyclist Elaine Tonks suffered a fracutured cheek bone and knee after she was involved in a collision with a car
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A cyclist who suffered serious head injuries after she was involved in a collision with a car in Northampton says she now realises the importance of wearing a helmet.

Elaine Tonks was cycling to work on Wednesday morning when she was thrown off her bike after she was involved in a collision with a car as she was crossing Crestwood Road, near Woodvale Primary School, at about 8.15am.

Elaine Tonks had an operation on her knee after the collision with a car

Elaine Tonks had an operation on her knee after the collision with a car

The 35-year-old is currently recovering in Northampton General Hospital from her injuries, including two fractured cheekbones.

She said: “I had to have an operation on my knee bone as I smashed it in three places. I have fractured both cheek bones and I have a crack above my eye socket that exposed my skull.

“The doctor has told me not to blow my nose as I could open up the crack.

“I do feel lucky to be alive as I was not wearing a helmet. I will always wear a helmet now.”

Ms Tonks said she would also advise all cyclists to take extra care on zebra crossings, as that is where her collision occurred.

As well as recovering from her injuries, Ms Tonks said she was also having to cope with the fact she would not be able to go on a 10-day cycling holiday to Vietnam she had booked for May 7.

She said: “Unfortunately I do not have any insurance for the holiday. I was planning to buy insurance this week so another thing I have learnt is that you should buy insurance when you book the holiday.”